Eating Well When You Have Cancer

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Cancer happens. It can happen to anyone. That doesn’t mean, however, that life is over – if you have been diagnosed with cancer, thanks to medical advances, including a heart disease prevention program for cancer survivors, and new technology, you can still live a full and wonderful life. However, in order to make the most of that life and your health, you need to eat well. This guide on how to eat well when you have cancer will give you a good start, and help you to feel healthier, inside and out.


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Oily Fish

Although the very best treatment for cancer should always come from professionals using the latest medical innovations, eating the right foods can make you feel better in yourself. It isn’t a cure for cancer, but if it helps you get through chemo and radiotherapy and it keeps you healthy in other ways, then it is something that needs to be taken notice of. Oily fish, for example, is an excellent food to eat if you have cancer. Fish oil contains long-chain omega-3, which, when ingested, is a powerful anti-inflammatory (which means it relieves pain). Oily fish (particularly salmon, herring, and mackerel) also contains vitamin A. Vitamin A boosts the health of internal organs.


Ginger – in its fresh, raw state – is another excellent anti-inflammatory. It lowers blood sugar levels, is full of essential minerals and vitamins, and is even anti-parasitic. You only need around 5mls of ginger each day (it can be used in food or in a smoothie) to feel its effects.


You may not have heard the term ‘carotenoids’ before, but this group of fruits and vegetables are highly recommended for those suffering with cancer. Carotenoids include carrots, red and yellow bell peppers, sweet potatoes, kale, apricots, beets, spinach, cherries, and many more. Anything that contains beta-carotene is a carotenoid. That beta-carotene converts into large quantities of vitamin A when consumed, which, as mentioned above, keeps our insides healthy and helps to fight cancer alongside medical methods.


Nuts contain selenium, another potent addition to the cancer-fighting arsenal. Brazil nuts contain high amounts of selenium, and walnuts and almonds also contain fiber and good oils, which makes them a kind of superfood. Selenium helps the immune system by reducing the damage that free radicals can cause. Chemotherapy can lower our immune system, so being able to eat food that boosts it up again is a great idea and will help recovery times.


Tomatoes, and particularly cooked tomatoes, are an excellent item to add to your diet if you are fighting cancer. The reason? It’s the lycopene that is found within this delicious fruit (it’s also found in strawberries, carrots, and peaches, among other things, so if you’re not fond of tomatoes, don’t worry). Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that repairs the body after it has been through some terrible diseases, including cancer.


The active ingredient in garlic (which, because it is super versatile, can be used on many different dishes) is allicin. This has been shown to stop the blood supply from getting to tumors, so they can’t grow as quickly. Besides that, garlic is an anti-inflammatory and kills microbes.

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