New research suggests that vegetarian diet can help you fight cancer. Populations that consume less animal food and more plant food have a lower risk of cancer and the risk of cancer in vegetarians is about 50 per cent lower than among people who eat meat on a regular basis.
Veggies are high in antioxidants, and antioxidants can protect DNA from damage that can lead to malignant transformation. Vegetarian food block cancer's ability to grow through a process called angiogenesis. Researchers have developed some drugs that can help to shrink tumour growth or even reduce the spread of cancer by inhibiting angiogenesis.
Scientists like William Li, a researcher who heads the Angiogenesis Foundation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, are looking at the power of certain foods to block angiogenesis.
Foods like apples, oranges, blackberries, vegetables like tomato pumpkins has plant chemicals inhibit angiogenesis so that a single cancer cell or cluster of cancer cells is never able to grow enough to cause any trouble. This is the reason; it has been observed that men who eat cooked tomato products two to three times a week reduce their prostate cancer risk by about 50 per cent.
Thus, by following a proper, balanced vegetarian diet and avoiding weight gain we can control the risk of cancer.