Foods to include in your diet as a cancer patient:
Experts advise patients to eat the right foods before, during and after treatment.
Make sure if you can and it’s available, to consume only organic and non GMO products
Oranges provide vitamin C
Bananas, kiwi, peaches, mangoes, pears and strawberries for vitamins and fiber
Avocados, guava, apricots, figs, prunes and raisins for energy
Red grapes have seeds filled with the super antioxidant activin. This cancer-fighting chemical, also found in red wine and red-grape juice, may offer significant protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, and other chronic degenerative diseases.
Berries Are Foods That Fight Cancer as a tasty treat and cancer-fighting food, berries are hard to beat. Berries contain particularly powerful antioxidants, meaning they can halt a naturally occurring process in the body that creates free radicals that can damage your cells. Compounds in berries may also help keep cancers from growing or spreading. So, as part of your diet, pick up a handful of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, or whichever are your favorite from this large family of healing fruits.
Tomatoes, carrots, peas, pumpkin and turnips for vitamins and fiber
Tomatoes, tomato puree and parsley (especially good for prostate cancer patients)
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage contain plant chemicals that can convert bad estrogen into good estrogen, and hence reduce cancer risk as well as the risk of a relapse.Researchers have found that components in these veggies can protect you from the free radicals that damage your cells’ DNA. They may also shield you from cancer-causing chemicals, help slow the growth of tumors, and encourage cancer cells to die.
Asparagus and Brussel sprouts for their rich antioxidants
Bitter gourd for lowering blood sugar levels
Leafy green vegetables like spinach and lettuce are good sources of the antioxidants beta-carotene and lutein they are also ricn in calcium and iron. You’ll also find these nutrients in vegetables that are more traditionally eaten cooked, like collard greens, mustard greens, and kale. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, some lab studies have found that chemicals in these cancer-fighting foods may limit the growth of some kinds of cancer cells.
Lean meat, poultry and eggs
Dairy products, nuts, dried beans and chickpeas
Fish and soy foods (especially good for prostate cancer patients)
Eat Fatty fish — such as salmon, tuna, and herring they contain omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fatty acid that has been linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. If you don’t currently eat fish, you might consider adding it to your diet. Another way to add omega-3s to your diet is by eating flax seed.
- Whole Grains – according to the American Institute for Cancer Research, whole grains contain many components that might lower your risk of cancer, including fiber and antioxidants. A large study including nearly half a million people found that eating more whole grains may lower the risk of colorectal cancer. Oatmeal, barley, brown rice, and whole-wheat bread and pasta are all examples of whole grains.
- Turmeric May Reduce Cancer Risk This orange-colored spice, a staple in Indian curries, contains an ingredient called curcumin (not the same as cumin) that may be useful in reducing cancer risk. According to the American Cancer Society, curcumin can inhibit some kinds of cancer cells in laboratory studies and slow the spread of cancer or shrink tumors in some animals. This cancer-fighting food is easy to find in grocery stores, and you can use it in a variety of recipes on your anti-cancer diet.
Beans May Reduce Your Cancer Risk certain fruits and vegetables and other plant foods get plenty of recognition for being good sources of antioxidants, but beans often are unfairly left out of the picture. Some beans, particularly pinto and red kidney beans, are outstanding sources of antioxidants and should be included in your anti-cancer diet. Beans also contain fiber, which may also help reduce your risk of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
Honey, consumed in moderation for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which may help in preventing infections
Olive oil. In Mediterranean countries, this monounsaturated fat is widely used for both cooking and salad oil and may be a cancer-fighting food. Breast cancer rates are 50 percent lower in Mediterranean countries than in the United States.
Garlic and onions . Research has found that garlic and onions may block the formation of Nitrosamine, a powerful carcinogens that target several sites in the body, usually the colon, liver, and breasts. Indeed, the more pungent the garlic or onion, the more abundant the chemically active sulfur compounds that prevent cancer.
Green tea is a powerful antioxidant and may be an important part of an anti-cancer diet. Green tea, a cancer-fighting food, may be helpful in preventing liver, breast, pancreatic, lung, esophageal, and skin cancer. Researchers report that a nontoxic chemical found in green tea, epigallocatechin-3 gallate, acts against urokinase (an enzyme crucial for cancer growth). One cup of green tea contains between 100 and 200 milligrams (mg) of this anti-tumor ingredient.