Top Foods that Prevent Cancer from Coming, Staying & Returningby Dr. Nancy on January 4th, 2012 in Health
If you are living with cancer, currently undergoing cancer treatments, recovering from cancer, in remission, or taking care of someone with cancer, research suggests that the following foods are appropriate, and perhaps helpful to eat in optimizing the body’s maximum functionality and wellness. People with cancer often need to follow diets that are different from what they think of as healthy. For most people, a healthy diet includes:
1. Lots of fruits and vegetables, and whole grain breads and cereals
2. Good amounts of lean protein-meat and milk products
3. Small amounts of fat, sugar, alcohol, salt, preservatives, processed foods, additives, food coloring
When people have cancer, they need to eat to keep up strength to deal with the side effects of different treatments. When people are healthy, eating enough food is often not a problem. But someone is living with cancer and treatment; this can be a real challenge.
Perhaps it is extra protein and calories that is needed. At times, someone living with cancer’s diet may need to include extra milk, cheese, and eggs. If you have trouble chewing and swallowing, you may need to add sauces and gravies. Sometimes, you may need to eat low-fiber foods instead of those with high fiber. Do check with your healthcare provider and have appropriate blood work done before following any of the research suggestions from this or other sources.
Pumpkin, canned or cooked (highest beta carotene of any food I have listed here.) Natural sources of beta carotene have shown some ability to reverse pre-cancers in the cervix, mouth, throat, and skin. They also may help prevent new tumors in people who have already been treated for these forms of cancer.
Dark leafy Greens and Vegetables, or escarole contains a host of healthy plant chemicals that exert anti-oxidizing and powerfully health-promoting effects on the body. Vitamins A, C and K are extremely high in the nutrient profile of dark leafy greens. In just one cup of cooked dark leafy greens, there are over 600 percent of the daily value of vitamin K, over 150 percent of the daily value of vitamin A, and 65 percent of the daily value of vitamin C. These antioxidant-packed greens are essential for optimum health and cancer prevention.
A special note on Vitamin A and Folate: Vitamin A is a nutrient that is vital to growth and development. Vitamin A is obtained in two ways:
• As vitamin A from animal sources such as liver, fish oils, egg yolks, and dairy products
• As beta carotene from many fruits and vegetables (such as carrots, broccoli, spinach, squash, peaches, and apricots) which the body converts to retinol (a type of vitamin A) in the small intestine.
Several studies have indicated that diets rich in fruits and vegetables, as well as those rich in the nutrient folate, protect against colorectal polyps and colorectal cancer. The daily requirement for folate is 400 micrograms per day. This level of intake can easily be reached by eating about 4 cups of fruits and vegetables each day–focusing on dark leafy greens along with fresh fruits, such as papayas and raspberries, and a selection of beans.
Broccoli sprouts (20 more times by weight of the chemical sulforaphane, which may reduce the growth of tumors.)
Chick peas, Kidney beans, Lentils, Soybeans (stimulates cancer preventing enzymes, can help lower harmful estrogen levels)
Tomatoes, especially cooked tomatoes may help protect men against prostate cancer, especially aggressive forms of it. One of the pigments that give tomatoes their red hue—lycopene—could be involved in this protective effect. Lycopene is one of several carotenoids (compounds that the body can turn into vitamin A) found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, and research also suggests that foods containing carotenoids may protect against lung, mouth, and throat cancer.
Garlic, Onions (stimulates enzymes that suppress tumor growth)
Defatted soy flour (at least 1/3 cup per day recommended)
Pasta with meat sauces using 99% fat free chicken
Salmon and other fish, (mackerel, sardines, herring. ) including the skin and fat (Research suggests this fat (EPA fat) has the ability to raise HDLs and potentially fight cancer cell development 1-5 servings per week recommended). Some studies in animals have found that fish oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids suppress the formation and growth of some types of cancer. Studies have also shown that the fatty acids in fish oil help protect against heart disease and reduce risk factors such as triglycerides.
Olive oil or canola oil substituted for other oils
Whole grain breads, ideally with defatted soy flour
Oatmeal, shredded wheat, low-no sugar added cereals
Fresh fruits especially blueberries (40% more antioxidants than the next best, strawberries)
Green tea-Green Tea Polyphenols (GTP), particularly EGCG or EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate) not only inhibit an enzyme required for cancer cell growth, but also kills cancer cells with no ill effect on healthy cells. Green Tea is also a key element of cancer prevention, especially prostate cancer. Green tea contains more polyphenols — chemicals that act as powerful antioxidants and nontoxic, cancer preventive agents — than black tea. It has been speculated that the low lung cancer rate in Japan — despite the high rate of smoking — is due to green tea consumption.”
Red or black grapes-Grapes contain natural chemicals that have the potential to stop the spread of cancer cells, but eat real whole grapes, not supplements. By eating the fruit, the bioactive component involved goes into the bloodstream and relocates to other regions. Supplements will not offer the same rewards, since they might not have all the key chemicals needed. Grapes may have protective potential against cancer that is independent of its antioxidant properties. Plus, reams of other research encourage eating plenty of produce — at least five fruits and veggies a day for maximum benefits.
Dried unsweetened fruits, especially apricots, dates, prunes
Homemade fat-free yogurt, with extra dry milk added (2 cups per day recommended)
Tupelo honey as a substitute for sugar in cakes, cookies, breads, etc.
Foods to Consider Avoiding
1%, 2% and whole milk
Meats with 96% fat or less, or Deli Meats
Hydrogenated oils, such as stick margarine. Or foods that list hydrogenated oils in their ingredients
Foods with high butter fat and other animal fats such as whole milk or creams such as cheese, full fat yogurt, butter, sauces. They feed the cancers and can interfere with carotenoids absorption
Cancer treatments are designed to kill cancer cells. But these treatments can also damage healthy cells. Damage to healthy cells can cause side effects. Some of these side effects can lead to eating problems.
Common eating problems during cancer treatment include:
Changes in sense of taste or smell
Sore throat and trouble swallowing
Resources: NaturalNews.com, Ted.com, Dr.Oz.com, Livestrong.com, MayoClinic.com
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