Having battled colon cancer recently I am now more aware and conscious of the foods I eat. Not everyday I admit, but certainly in general. My friend Jean Sampson is a wealth of information here. Not only does she advise on cancer fighting foods, but a whole host of other areas too. Check out Jeans Website, The Right Lifestyle (here).
Jean recently wrote a small, but very interesting and informative, article for a local magazine called Ladies Primera (see below)
Article published by kind permission of Jean Sampson of The Right Lifestyle
Cancer ...a cruel word and an even crueller disease.
Can we reduce the side effects of medication through a healthy diet? YES WE CAN
''Sadly, this is a fact of life. I watched my husband slowly die of cancer, and having more than three years of chemotherapy and an operation, the devestating effects of both took their toll as well as the cancer symptoms.
I only wish I had as much knowledge then as I do now as to how important diet is for helping reduce the symptoms of the medication. Yes, I understood the basics, but with the training and research I have since carried out, I now know so much more''
There are many super foods that will actually hep reduce the symptoms of the chemotherapy and radiation, which not only kill the cancer cells but the good cells.
For example, Green Tea contains polyphenols, that include photochemicals, which have antibacterial, antiviral and health-enhancing properties. It protects against cancer. Echinacea tea is another which is a good immune system booster.
Gluthathione is a protein that is produced in the liver from the amino acids cysteine, glutamic acid and glyceine. It is powerful against free radicals and helps to defend the body from exposure to radiation and chemotherapy. It also plays a role in preventing cancer and is especially effective against liver cancer. It has been stated that it may actually target carcinogens.
Vitamin C, vitamin E and Selenium (also work in synergy with Glutathione) all act as antioxidants, which can protect your cell membranes and DNA from damage. Together they form a strong bond against cancer and help to reduce symptoms of medication. Most brightly coloured vegetables and fruits are high in these compounds.
Garlic is one of the most powerful foods on earth; it is a potent immune system stimulant and a natural antibiotic, together with onion and ginger. Collectively known as the trinity roots, they are very powerful against the side effects of the medication.
Pure water is excellent in flushing out the toxins built up in the body from chemotherapy and ancillary medication which is used to counteract the effects of the chemotherapy.
Pectin slows the absorption of food after meals; it also removes unwanted metals and toxins, reduces the side effects of radiation therapy.
Cranberry has anti-cancer properties. It is excellent for reducing ulcers in the mouth, another side effect from chemotherapy.
Fennel is good after chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment for cancer. You can purchase a tea form or as a salad ingredient.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more uper foods than can help reduce symptoms. They may not stop the cancer but at leat will help bring some relief!!
Of course, there are many other sites too with details of foods to ease side effects of treatments and also foods to help avoid and fight cancer. Here are a links to a couple more....
There are endless sites in addition to the above, just google and see for yourself.
I would like to think the above is of some help to you and remember 'prevention is better than cure'!!
Should you have any questions with respect to this subject, please do not hesitate to contact me, or leave a comment below and I will answer you as quickly as possible.
Thanks for your time in reading this post and do come visit us again soon.
Jean sent me an email last week, a sad email in my opinion too. She has been provided with the oppotunity of expanding her business and will be moving from Competa to the coast, around Marbella way. Great opportunity and we wish her all the best in her new ventures but our loss as she'll be sadly missed around here. Good Luck and best wishes Jean, xx