Check Out These 8 Great Foods For Cancer Patients
While no single food can guarantee to keep you cancer-free, research has clearly shown that cancer prevention and diet go hand in hand.
Cutting back on saturated and trans fats and sugar while sticking to a healthy diet comprised of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and omega-3s is definitely a solid defense strategy.
However, certain foods that fall into these categories are nutritional standouts that fight cancer risk better than the rest.
Below we reveal what they are, plus, tasty ideas for adding them to your plate every day.
Eggs are a good source of B vitamins, plus contain 7 grams of protein each, the same amount in a serving ounce of beef, poultry, fish and cheese.
Aside that, new studies are indicating that eggs’ selenium value may help reduce the side effects from chemotherapy.
Study has shown that women undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer who were given selenium supplements were found to have high antioxidant activity in their blood and higher white blood cell counts (which helps fight infections).
These women given selenium treatment also had less nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, intestinal gas, mouth sores, hair loss, weakness, malaise and loss of appetite.
Egg yolks are also rich in vitamins D and E. In some studies, it was found that vitamin E, an antioxidant, may help to protect the body from the harsh toxins of cancer drugs.
Toxins from chemotherapy decrease the body’s ability to fight infection. Vitamin E may also help mitigate peripheral neuropathy, a condition that causes numbness in the hands and feet and commonly occurs during chemo treatment.
Low Sugar, Whole Grain Cereals
While a sugary cereal can work against your health, filling your breakfast bowl with a fiber- and folic acid-rich variety can have the opposite effect.
Research suggests that for every 10 grams of fibre consumed daily, a woman’s breast cancer risk decreases by 7 percent, while consuming the recommended daily allowance of folate can ward off DNA mutations and cut male smoker’s pancreatic cancer risk in half.
Berries—such as cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries—contain powerful tumor-blocking compounds (like phenolic acids, glycosides and anthocyanins) and antioxidants (like ellagic acid) that can slow the reproduction of cancer cells and stop free radicals from damaging cells.
Consuming the fruit is especially effective at warding off colon, prostate and esophageal cancers, studies have found.
Love oranges, lemons and grapefruits? Great! Keep eating them—just don’t throw out the peels. Why? They contain a powerful compound that boosts the body’s production of detoxifying enzymes.
In fact, consuming zest regularly can help reduce the risk of squamous-cell skin cancer by 30 percent and shrink existing tumors,
Replacing saturated and trans fats with healthier unsaturated fats is a key recommendation for all individuals, but the type of fats consumed may play an even greater role in the health of those with type 2 diabetes and cancers.
That’s because diabetes is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke which can be attributed to cancer as well.
Controlling weight, being active, and monitoring glucose levels through diet can help, but it’s important that heart-healthy fats and oils are the primary fats contributors to the diet.
Consumption of extra virgin olive oil is associated not only with a decreased risk of diabetes, but some research suggests it may also improve glucose usage by cells thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects.
Make olive oil your daily “go-to” when cooking and using oils in salad dressing, and also look for ways to incorporate nuts, seeds, avocado, and cold-water fish each week.
Higher Intakes of leafy greens and non-starchy, green vegetables in type 2 diabetics ages 65 and older was associated with decreased levels of HgbA1c and significant reductions in cardiovascular risk factors.
It’s still being studied as to whether these effects are due to the nutrient-density of vegetables – specifically vitamins A, C, and E, and magnesium whose intakes have been associated with a better glycemic control.
Best results were seen when at least 200g of vegetables were consumed each day (about 3 to 3 ½ cups), with at least 70g from green veggies (about ¾ to 1 cup).
They may be small, but they pack a huge disease-fighting punch. Walnuts contain a vitamin called gamma tocopherol that stops the activation of Akt—an enzyme that is essential for cancer cell survival—without harming healthy cells.
The nut also contains cholesterol-like molecules called phytosterols that slow the growth of breast cancer cells by blocking estrogen receptors.
Additional pools of academic wisdom say walnuts can help ward off prostate, lung and colorectal cancers, so you should definitely find a way to work the mighty nuts into your diet.
You likely already knew that the omega-3s and vitamin D in mackerel, herring and wild salmon were good for your heart, but did you know they could also help ward off the big “C”?
One Harvard study of nearly 48,000 men found that those who consume these types of fatty fish more than three times a week are 40 percent less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer than those who consume the stuff just twice a month.
The study authors credit the fish’s high omega-3s and vitamin D content for their protective properties.
Ladies, fear not, we didn’t forget about you! Increased vitamin D intake was found to reduce breast cancer risk in women by up to 50 percent according to similar study on women.
The nutrient may also boost survival rates among lung cancer patients and can protect against colorectal cancer, say researchers.