Food For Thought: Bok Choy Shows Promise in Fighting Cancer

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Can we eat to starve cancer? Eating certain foods for halting the growth of cancer-feeding blood vessels could be key to treating tumors, according to Dr. William Li, head of the Angiogenesis Foundation. Blood vessels, literally the lifelines in our bodies, deliver the nutrients our organs need to survive. But they also feed cancerous growths. Cancers don’t start out with a blood supply. Instead, they begin as tiny nests of cells that if given a blood supply will grow into cancer.

Without a blood supply, most of these cancers will never become dangerous.

What does this have to do with Bok Choy? Dr. Li is conducting a million person study, the world’s largest study on cancer prevention with foods. One of the foods that he has studied that has great potential for preventing cancer from growing is bok choy. I was thrilled to learn this, because it’s one of the easiest vegetables to prepare and delicious at that.

If you’ve been intimidated by bok choy then watch my video on how to prepare this simple side dish. Once you see how easy it is, you will be making this every week. Dr. Li recommends a half a cup serving three times a week. Cook up a big batch of bok choy and that becomes very easy. It reheats well.

Watch the video of How to Cook Bok Choy below:

About Karen Roth

Hi. My name is Karen Roth, and I’m a Holistic Nutritionist. Okay, I know what you’re thinking… quick, hide the food; the snack police is here! No need to panic. I describe myself as a “practical” nutritionist, one who doesn’t go to extremes one way or the other and understands that life is challenging enough without having to torture yourself by cutting out many of the things you enjoy. Most of us have limited time to shop for food and to cook healthier meals. And a one-size-fits-all approach does not work when it comes to what and how we all eat. Trust me, I get it.

In my early years out of college when I was bartending, my eating and drinking habits were anything but healthy. But, then you grow up and start thinking about the bigger picture and listening more to what your body is telling you. My pre-nutritionist days were on the corporate treadmill where stress and snacking at the desk was part of my daily routine. Never enough hours in the day and proper eating was always at the bottom of my list.

It wasn’t until I broke my jaw in a freak accident that my food life really changed. When you’re wired shut for two months and denied the food you need for your very existence, you begin to look at the world a little differently. When I healed myself, primarily by creating my own foods I could sip through a straw, I decided to pursue something that was always of interest to me… nutrition. Pulling the plug on the corporate treadmill, I went back to school for three years to get my Masters Degree in Holistic Nutrition. I then opened a practice in Valencia, California, and I’m pleased to say that over the years I have helped so many people improve the quality of their lives by helping them make simple changes in their diets and lifestyle.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be time-consuming or tasteless, and it is my intention to bring you practical tips each week on how to fit in nutrition one bite at a time. In addition to being practical, I’m also positive so you don’t have to worry that I am going to be Debby Downer and tell you that everything you put in your mouth is going to kill you. Instead, I will offer you easy to implement, simple strategies to help you improve your health. I’ll be introducing new foods (that taste good – because I don’t eat anything that tastes like sawdust or is unappetizing) and new habits that are realistic. I hope you’ll join me as a regular reader and together we’ll build the healthier you with FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

(Karen Roth, MS, NC is a graduate of Hawthorn University’s Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition training program. She helps her clients to take control of their health with foods choices that best support their specific health condition and specific metabolic type and believes that every ill health condition can benefit and possibly improve from a solid foundation of healthy foods choices. Visit her website at