Monday, March 1, 2010

Diet That Supports Health and Healing During Cancer Treatment

Diet to Provide Nutritional Support for Cancer Treatment and Recovery

If you are a patient undergoing cancer treatment, it's more important than ever to eat a healthy and nutritious diet. Your body is working overtime to fight the cancer, plus it's doing extra duty to repair healthy cells that may have been damaged from chemotherapy and radiation.

Cancer treatments - especially chemotherapy - can take a toll on your body, draining your strength and appetite. To help build back your immune system incorporate delicious whole foods, which are easy to digest, with their rainbow of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Foods that are rich in their cancer-fighting antioxidant values. Start by eating lots of protein. You can get it in a variety of tasty foods. Also include foods rich in vitamin C, D, E, carotenoids, selenium, soy isoflavones, amino acids, folic acid, l-glutamine, flavanoids, calcium, and other nutrients. It's also important to make sure you drink lots of water and get enough calories in your diet. Your nutritional needs may change during treatment. After surgery, or radiation to the abdomen, head or neck, you may need to adapt to a liquid diet and work your way towards a soft food diet before getting back to your regular foods diet. You may also need to adapt to a lactose-free diet, and or high protein diet during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Great Herbs and Spices to Eat to Support Pre and Post Chemotherapy & Radiation Patients:

Basil

Cardamom

Cinnamon

Coriander

Cumin

Fennel

Garlic

Ginger

Mint

Parsley

Saffron

Turmeric

Great Foods to Eat to Support Pre and Post Chemotherapy & Radiation Patients

Since cancer treatment may dampen your desire for food, you will want to eat tantalizing and nutritious, whole foods that will spark your appetite. They'll boost your energy and sense of well being while giving you the important nutrients you need to help in your fight against cancer.


Vitamin C (Protects cells, prevents certain cancers)

Cabbage, red
Kiwi fruit
Oranges
Peppers, bell, red
Potatoes
Strawberries
Tangerines & other mandarins
Vitamin E (Neutralizes cell damage)

Almonds
Avocados
Brazil nuts
Broccoli
Mangoes
Peanuts
Sunflower seeds
Vitamin D (Preventative)

Salmon
Tuna
Carotenoids (May inhibit the growth of cancer cells, research shows that cancer patients respond very well with vitamin A)

Acorn squash
Apricots
Carrots
Collard greens
Corn, fresh
Peppers, sweet
Spinach
Sweet potatoes
Selenium (Is a powerful anti-oxidant)

Brazil nuts
Chicken
Eggs
Rice, brown
Shrimp
Sunflower seeds
Tuna
Wheat
Soy Isoflavones (May protect against hormone related cancers)

Soy products
Soybeans
Tofu

Folic Acid (Is essential for proper synthesis and repair of DNA)

Asparagus
Avocados
Beans, dried
Beets
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage, savoy
Chickpeas
Lentils
Oranges
Peas, fresh
Soybeans
Spinach
Turkey
Lycopene (Inhibits prostate cancer)

Grapefruit, pink
Guava
Tomatoes



Fish Oils (Reduces inflammation)

Cod
Crab
Herring
Mackerel
Oysters
Salmon
Sardines
Trout
Tuna
Ginger (Promotes circulation and energy. Aids in digestion and absorption. Is an anti-inflammatory and helps greatly with nausea)



Flaxseed Oil (Reduces inflammation)



Flavanoids (Helps stimulate enzymes in the body that combat cancer cell growth)

Apples
Blueberries
Broccoli
Carrots
Grapefruit, white
Lemons
Limes
Onions
Oranges
Pomegranates
Soybeans
Tomatoes
Catechins (Neutralizes free radicals)

Grapes
Green tea
Calcium (Reduces the irritant effects of bile acids and fatty acids in the colon)

Amaranth
Beans, dried
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Kale
Salmon
Soybeans
Tofu

Please use this as a list when you go grocery shopping!

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