Nutrition & Cancer Tips


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.

Causes inflammation

Increase of incidents of Breast and Colon cancer with a Western Diet

Health Tips

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.

Phytonutrient

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)

Dietary Supplements

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

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