Learn about the relationship between nutrition and cancer so you can make smart choices in your diet.
Cancer patients not only may feel vulnerable, but also are extremely busy as they consult with multiple doctors, undergo various treatments and battle the fatigue brought on by medications. It is essential that they eat for wellness during this difficult time. Our cancer-related nutrition class can guide you through the dietary needs of a cancer patient.
How can good nutrition benefit a cancer patient?
Some cancer-related benefits of eating right are:
- better cell regeneration.
- a lower chance of infection.
- an increase in energy.
- a stronger immune system.
- better, faster resilience after treatments.
Can certain foods really prevent cancer?
There’s no one “miracle food,” but studies link the intake of key substances with reduced cancer risk. All of the items on the list below, among many others, are being studied for their preventative qualities.
- Cruciferous vegetables can offset carcinogens.
- Berries repair cell damage. Don’t forget grapes!
- Flaxseed eliminates carcinogens from the body.
- Legumes pack a big nutritional punch, thanks to their phytochemical contents. Give Brussels sprouts another chance!
- Garlic prohibits cancer cell growth.
What are examples of foods to avoid?
- Alcohol consumption is linked to liver, throat and mouth cancers.
- Smoked, processed or grilled meats contain chemicals which, in animal studies, lead to cancer. Learn ways to grill safely and never eat burned or charred meat.
- Nicotine produces smoke particles which cling to food and increase cancer risk.
- Trans fats increase bad cholesterol (LDL) and has been linked to increased risk of cancer. Trans fats can be found in many fried foods, shortening and some “instant” foods like microwave popcorn.
- Artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and sucralose, have yielded negative results in certain animal studies.
To learn more about food and disease prevention, sign up for our free Nutrition for Cancer Prevention & Treatment class on March 13. Register now by calling our Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-327-2636.