Good Nutrition for Battling Cancer
By Jillian McKee
Cancer and its treatments place an incredible strain on your body whether you’ve just been diagnosed or are in remission. Therefore, it is important that you maintain good nutrition in order to combat symptoms and increase your odds of long-term survival. Numerous scientific studies have found a healthy diet and exercise to be very effective in controlling cancer symptoms and treatment side effects and can also keep cancer from returning in the future.
What Not to Eat
Enriched or Fortified Foods
Many foods that come pre-packaged claim to be fortified or enriched such as bread, cereal, boxed rice and pasta and some drink mixes. It sounds pretty healthy, right? Unfortunately, what they’re enriched with is really just a powder containing synthetic vitamins that are low-quality and hard for the body to utilize. That’s to say nothing of the unhealthy aspects of these foods. Loads of refined sodium and sugars, artificial sweeteners, unhealthy vegetable oils and chemical preservatives overshadow any benefits that might have come from the added vitamins.
Though many people believe it to be a healthy addition to any diet, soy has been demonstrated to negatively affect the immune system, prevent proper thyroid function and promote weight gain. Furthermore, soy overloads the body with estrogen which can be hazardous for people with estrogen-dependent cancers.
Refined Vegetable Oils
Soybean, corn, and canola oils, while often thought to be superior to saturated fats, are actually terrible for your health. These oils contain virtually no nutrients and oxidize rapidly. They’re spoiled long before they ever make it into your shopping cart. Many studies have found that rancid fats cause severe inflammation, free radical cell formation, and cellular degradation, all of which can be linked to many health problems including cancer.
What to Eat
Red Palm Oil
This nutritious, unrefined red-orange oil pressed from the fruit of the palm tree is a standard in Caribbean and African cooking. It is rich in carotene, which fights free radicals and repair cellular damage. It also contain tocotrienol, a super-potent form of vitamin E that has been shown to target and kill cancerous cells. In addition, its numerous other vitamins promote healing, energy and a healthy immune system.
Taking an omega-3 supplement or eating foods rich in the substance is highly recommended for people suffering from cancer. One particular omega-3 fatty acid, called docosahexanoic acid (DHA), is believed to enhance the effectiveness of many chemotherapy drugs and keep their side effects to a minimum. Some studies have also shown that it helps to shrink cancerous tumors.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Even for healthy people, a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables is highly recommended. Eating these wholesome foods the way nature has provided them gives essential nutrition for mesothelioma, breast cancer, leukemia and other forms of cancer. In fact, scientific evidence shows that cancer patients who eat mostly plant-based foods experience fewer treatment side effects and enjoy a longer life expectancy that those who consume mostly animal products. The preventative benefits of a plant-based diet are also impressive. Fruits and vegetables contain tons of phytonutrients that are believed to inhibit the formation of cancerous cells.
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