Cancer is characterized as a group of diseases in which there is a development of abnormal cells, that has the ability to destroy normal tissue and spread throughout the body. It is the second leading cause of death in the United States. However, with this group of diseases, there are many different treatment approaches and options. Proper diet and nutrition is essential in combating this aliment. Here are some key points to keep in mind in regards to Cancer.
Key Nutritional Factors
Cancers require large amounts of glucose.
Produce lactic acid (waste product) that is very toxic and acidic to the body.
Increase of incidents of Breast and Colon cancer with a Western Diet
Reduce Carbohydrates (simple) by at least 10% (27gram)
Eat complex carbs from fruits and veggies
Reduced carbs can improve survival in some patients with colon and breast cancer
Weight loss- improve metabolic and hormonal balances
Type of diets
KETO- a state of ketosis (Low carb), where the body uses healthy fat as the main source of energy.
Cancer cells depend on glucose for energy and cannot process ketones.
Intermittent Fasting- fasting for 14-16 hours, eat between 6-8 hours window
Calorie Restriction (30%)- reduce circulation of hormones and growth factors, Reduce inflammation.
Curcumin – Turmeric (reduce inflammation)
Sulforaphane- (breast, pancreatic) cruciferous veggies - broccoli
EGCG- Green tea (leukemia)
Soy (breast cancer)
Lycopene- tomatoes (lung, prostate cancers)
Resveratrol (dark grapes, red wine)
Aloe Vera (juice and gel)
Milk thistle seed- protect liver from toxins
Turkey tail (medicinal mushrooms)
Flaxseed (alpha-linolenic acid)- reduce ER-tumor in Breast Cancer