Nutrition and Supplement Tips for Cancer Patients

While conventional therapies like chemotherapy and radiation are essential, many patients also turn to nutrition and supplements to support their overall health and well-being during this difficult time.
Eating correctly and taking specific supplements will not only help you feel better, but it will also enhance the effects of chemotherapy and decrease the side effects as well.

The goal is to ensure that your body is functioning at it’s maximum under the circumstances, Your immune system needs to be as strong as possible, as your body is capable of killing cancer cells and inhibiting the spread of cancer under the right conditions.

Some golden rules of a healthy body:

Maintain an alkaline state as much as possible, so avoid acid causing foods and drinks, and take a daily alkaline powder. eg Multiforce alkaline powderReduce inflammation: many foods increase inflammation, such as sugar, alcohol, red meat, processed food, unhealthy fats, gluten, preservatives, dairy. Cancer cells thrive in inflammatory conditions.  It is not enough to decrease consumption of these foods, they need to be eliminated completely. Add a  supplement containing Quercitin, Curcumin (turmeric) and MSM eg Primeself Inflammation Complex. Improve the immune system with daily excercise, nutricious fruit and vegetables and immune boosting supplements that contain Vit C, D, Selenium and Zinc eg Vitagard enhancedImprove oxygen levels with daily excercise and keeping the body alkaline. Cancer cells thrive in an oxygen depleted environmentEat a minimum of 10 fruit and veg daily (mainly veg as fruit is high in sugar) This can be achieved by blending veg into a smoothie ( blending breaks the cells into a more readily absorbable  form) and / or adding a superfood powder like Nature’s Nutrition organic superfood. The darker coloured veg are the most nutricious. The healthiest veg are kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts,cauliflower, turnips, beetroot, spinach, tomato, carrots and cabbage.Surround yourself with the love and support of family and friends, this increases Oxytocin levels in the blood – a feel good hormone that will improve your outcome. Don’t try and keep your anxieties to yourself., share your thoughts and fears with those close to you and allow them to help in whatever way possible.Drink only filtered water and wash all fruit and veg in this as well. Water also helps to detox the system from the harmful toxins produced during chemotherpayTake a Medicinal Mushroom supplement eg Primehealth Cell Fuel. These mushrooms may help to eliminate cancer cells, improve the efficacy of chemotherapy, and reduce the side effects as well.Take a good Magnesium supplement eg Amipro Magnesium Glycinate or Citrate. This is possibly the most important vitamin / mineral to take on a daily basis. Magnesium helps to protect the heart, aids in muscle and nerve function and is important in multiple body functionsOther valuable supplements include:

CoEnzyme Q10 – this is an excellent energising  antioxidant that helps rid the body of free radicals. Many medications deplete this essential enzyme. Almost all cancer suffereres have low levels of CoQ10 and supplementation may increase survival rates

Olive oil is the best oil to use for frying – adding a pinch of turmeric increases the benefits. Definately do not use sunflower oil

Healthy fats like Avocado and MCT oil should be part of your die

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) helps to increase glutathione levels – this is a powerful anti-oxidant that may also reduce the side effects of certain chemotherapy drugs like Cisplatin and Cyclophosphomide

Some other beneficial supplements include:
Grape seed extract, Green Tea, Glutamine (especiaily good for sores in the mouth and good digestion) Vit E succinate, Biotin (helps prevent hair loss) Curcumin, Folate, Vit B12, Vit B3 Niacinamide, Omega 3 fatty acids, Milk thistle (protects the liver) Alpha-lipoic acid, D-salina algae (contains carotenoids to improve immunity) and a good quality probiotic.

It is essential to let your oncologist know which supplements you are taking, as some are not recommended during chemotherapy.

 ReferenceRussel Blaylock,Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients

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