Richard Moyle,National Awareness Coordinator for the Mesothelioma Center and Asbestos.com contributed this article about cancer nutrition as it pertains to mesothelioma:
It is imperative to eat a balanced and healthy diet to help avoid cancer and other health problems. Though there is some debate as to precisely which foods are best in certain quantities, the fundamental principles for a healthy diet are relatively simple; avoid all junk foods, eat in moderation, and pay attention to the effects of various foods on the body.
The National Cancer Institute has stated that at least 35 percent of all cancer cases are related to poor nutrition. Though mesothelioma is not a cancer that is related to poor nutrition, improving nutritional intake can help mesothelioma cancer patients fight the progressive disease. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart and abdomen. This type of cancer is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos.
Vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids (fats) and proteins all play major roles in a healthy human body. The body cannot effectively fight cancer without the right balance of nutrients. In addition, malnutrition causes the body to be susceptible to infection. Many cancer patients do not pass away from the cancer itself, but rather a medical condition stemming from the body’s weakened condition.
Berries contain a whole host of important nutrients, including plenty of fiber and vitamin C. In fact, just one cup of strawberries has the same amount of vitamin C as one cup of orange juice, and all berries are great sources of this anti-oxidant and immune-strengthening vitamin. In addition to essential vitamins, berries are packed with several different types of cancer-fighting nutrients. In one study, extracts of six types of berries were tested for their capability to stop the growth and spread of different types of cancer cells. Remarkably, each different type of berry was found to have an entirely unique combination of phytonutrients, and all six varieties of berry extract were able to kill cancer cells in the laboratory.
In addition to improving chances of survival, proper dietary care can help relieve the painful or uncomfortable symptoms of mesothelioma. One of the most common side effects of mesothelioma and mesothelioma chemotherapy is nausea. There are a number of dietary changes you can make to help this problem. Dry grain products like crackers and toast can help calm an upset stomach. Bland foods will also help with nausea, as well as acid reflux problems.
Dark green leafy vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet as they are packed with nutrients that help fight cancer and other serious diseases. Beta-carotene, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin are powerful antioxidants that help protect the body against all forms of cancer by destroying free radicals. Folate is essential for the proper repair and replication of DNA. Without folate, damaged cells would be unable to repair their own DNA. Cells with damaged DNA are more likely to become malignant. Phytochemicals are present in dark green cruciferous vegetables such as bok choy and kale. Some phytochemicals boost levels of enzymes that help cleanse the body of carcinogens and block the activity of enzymes that are known to activate carcinogens.
Be sure to talk to your doctor to learn about more ways to decrease the risk of developing cancer. Positive changes in your diet and other areas of your life (such as your physical activity) will help prevent cancer. If you do develop this medical condition, at the very least, these changes will allow you to fight the cancer more readily.
Thank you, Richard! Feel good, keep smiling and stay away from asbestos! Pat & Pattie