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According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), although there is no food that will cure cancer, there are arrays of different foods that will help people who have been diagnosed battle cancer, as well as help protect people who don’t have the disease.

Dr. William Li, director and president of the Angiogenesis Foundation, states that one in two men and one in three women in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer. Yet, with the right diet, you can take a big step in reducing your risks. According to MesotheliomaLawyerCenter.org eating the right foods is especially important to people who are at risk for developing cancer, whether it be due to exposure to toxic substances like asbestos, or from a history of cancer in your family.

Fruits

Fruits are healthy for anyone, but when it comes to fighting cancer, many fruits are considered “antiangiogenic” foods because of their distinct compounds. For example, blueberries, a great source of Vitamin C and K, also contains anthocyanins, a strong phytochemical that has cancer-fighting agents and helps with memory loss. Other fruits that are beneficial in battling cancer include:

  • Apples: Apples contain a powerful phytochemical called quercetin, which is known for its cancer-fighting abilities, as well as several flavonoids and triterpenoids. Per the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), flavonoids contain anti-cancer mechanisms that help fight inflammation, metastasis, and more.
  • Cherries: Cherries contain high amounts of cancer-fighting agents such as anthocyanins, as well as potassium, and Vitamin C.
  • Cranberries: Cranberries also contain high amounts of flavonoids, including flavonols, anthocyanins, and proanthocyanidins, all of which will help battle cancer and promote overall wellness.
  • Grapes: Grapes contain high amounts of resveratrol, a potent phytochemical that fights inflammation, slows the growth of cancer cells, and hinders tumor growth in several body parts.

Foods Rich in Folate

Research has suggested that people with a diet that contains high amounts of folate-rich foods will have a better chance in fighting off cancer. Furthermore, males who eat the recommended amount of folate daily decrease their risks of getting pancreatic cancer significantly. Examples of folate-rich food include:

  • Orange juice
  • Most breakfast cereals
  • Salad with spinach and/or romaine lettuce
  • Beans, including pinto, black, navy, lima, and kidney beans
  • Collard and turnip greens
  • Lentils
  • Cabbage
  • Avocados
  • Okra
  • Broccoli
  • Beets

Spices

Spices are typically used to add flavor to food, but several spices also have strong cancer fighting properties, such as antibacterial agents that help to ward off inflammation, infections, and poor health.

  • Oregano: Oregano contains arrays of powerful antioxidant agents, including quercetin. As aforementioned, quercetin is a powerful cancer-fighting agent. One teaspoon oregano equals eating two cupfulls of grapes.
  • Garlic: Research suggests that garlic helps fight a series of different types of cancers, including colon, prostate, and stomach cancer.
  • Curcumin: According to the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, curcumin may be linked to preventing brain cancer. In addition, a 2008 Cancer Prevention Research study suggests that curcumin helps to stop breast cancer cell invasion and movability.

Regardless of the type of cancer, eating the right foods is a powerful start in ensuring you’re doing your best to protect yourself.

This information was provided by Kaitlin Wilson of MesotheliomaLawyerCenter.org. Her organization specializes in asbestos cancer legal issues and has state specific information for all 50 states, including states with high incidence of asbestos cancer such as California, Florida, and New York.  

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The following post is a guest post by Kaitlyn Teabo from The Mesothelioma Center.

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Although radiation such as routine X-rays, injections of radioactive materials for imaging, and radiation used in cancer therapy is intended to help diagnose and treat illnesses and disease, it can also drain a patient’s body. To help offset some of the effects of radiation, a patient should maintain a nutritious and balanced diet.

Here are some common side effects of radiation and how nutrition can help manage them:

  • Fatigue: When experiencing fatigue, you should eat foods that are high in carbohydrates to maintain energy and protein to maintain endurance, such as toast with peanut butter, bagels, rice, noodles, eggs and lean proteins like nuts.
  • Nausea and Upset Stomach: Ginger is known to soothe stomach pain. You can hold a slice of fresh ginger in your mouth while undergoing therapy and when you become nauseous, chew on it. You can also eat dry and bland foods such as toast or cereal without milk. To avoid nausea and vomiting, stay clear of spicy and acidic foods.
  • Diarrhea: Try to eat foods high in potassium such as bananas. Water, about eight to 10 glasses a day, can also help relieve diarrhea. Try to avoid greasy or processed fast food and dairy, because these foods can make diarrhea worse.

Other side effects of radiation treatment include mouth sores, loss of appetite, hair loss near the radiated site, skin irritation, anxiety and depression.

Regardless of the present side effects, any patient who elected to undergo radiation should keep their protein and calorie intake high, because a common side effect of radiation therapy is weight loss and patients need the extra calories to maintain a healthy weight. Without the proper amount of calorie intake, it will make it harder for the body to heal and fight infections.

Even if overall appetite decreases as a result of radiation therapy, nutrition is highly important. When you do eat, try eating foods high in fat, protein and carbohydrates. This will give your body the nutrients it needs to sustain radiation treatment.

Good nutrition helps your body withstand treatment. You should keep in mind that your diet is one area in which you do have control, but remember to ask your doctor or physician before changing your diet.

Author bio: Kaitlyn Teabo is a writer for The Mesothelioma Center. She combines her interests in writing, cancer research and emerging scientific technology to educate the mesothelioma community about asbestos and its related diseases.

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