Here are some interesting facts about the use of nutrients in cancer therapies. Studies have shown that taking nutrients does not cause cancer to spread but in some cases they may aid in augmenting cancer therapy. Nutrient depleted patients have been shown to have a higher rate of tumor growth. Synthetic nutrients are less effective against cancer. Use only natural nutrients.
Some nutrients such as METHIONINE have been shown to increase the growth of cancer cells. Arginine has been shown to stimulate some breast cancers. Studies of prostate cancers revealed decreased growth when methionine was taken out of the diet. Foods high in methionine include Brazil nuts, Brie cheese, cheddar cheese, halibut, dried eggs and dried milk, meats, salmon, soybeans and sunflower seeds. FLUORIDE can increase the potency of carcinogens and increase tumor growth by up to 25% in studies done on hamsters.
Cancer death rates were found to be higher in cities with fluoridated water than in cities without. GLUTAMATE may increase the aggressiveness and invasiveness of glioblastomas. Meats, cheese, beans and peanuts are high in glutamate.
Remember that 33-70% of all cancers are diet related!
Alcohol intake is a risk for breast cancer. There is a 10% increased risk for breast cancer in women who drink two or more alcoholic drinks daily. High calcium levels are linked to fatal prostate cancer. A study of 300 men showed a 2.68 x more likely chance to develop fatal prostate cancer in those with the highest calcium levels. A diet high in omega 6 fatty acids can increase the development and metastasis of certain cancers. Corn oil can promote the growth of cancer cells and their metastasis in the laboratory.
On the other side, diets high in omega 3 fatty acids decrease the growth of tumors. A study of over 241 women with invasive breast cancer that was non-metastatic compared to 88 women with benign breast conditions found that the women with the highest levels of DHA, an omega 3 fatty acid, in their breast tissue had a 69% lower rate of breast cancer! Foods that help prevent cancer include fruits such as berries, vegetables especially cruciferous vegetables, beets, Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower.
Also important are nutrients including vitamins C and E, the B vitamins and coenzyme Q-10 and lycopene to name a few. This is an extensive subject. Next week, I will write on several more aspects of cancer and nutrition. Thank you!