Overview: How Diet Complements Cancer Treatments
When we think about how food relates to cancer, we can roughly divide what we eat into food that can promote cancer (encourages cancer to grow), and food that can help to prevent cancer.
In previous articles, we’ve explored how different types of food can promote cancer (links are at the bottom of the page), so over the next few weeks we will be focusing more on what we can eat that will help to prevent cancer from developing and progressing.
Food that fights cancer
Fruit and vegetables provide the body with essential energy, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals. But this isn’t their only value; they also contain phytochemicals – compounds that have significant anti-cancer properties.
Scientific studies show evidence that eating food containing these phytochemicals, everyday, could help to prevent some cancers from ever developing. Their anti-cancer value can also be used to complement pharmaceutical and surgical therapy in the fight against existing cancers.
Phytochemicals – nature’s pharmaceuticals
Different plants contain varying types and amounts of phytochemicals that are able to disrupt cancer cells and stop them from developing and progressing.
Over the next few weeks we will be looking at the following anti-cancer foods in more detail:
- – Green Tea
- – Vegetables
- – Turmeric & Spice
- – Fruits
- – Omega 3
Each week we will look at one of the above food groups to find out how each one specifically acts against cancer, we’ll discover what current scientific evidence tells us about how best to prepare each food type to allow us to take advantage of these anti-cancer properties, and we’ll share some delicious recipes to get you started.
If you have cancer
Please note, this article, in no way suggests that you should replace the treatment recommended by your doctor with an anti-cancer diet. These foods are suggested as a way of complementing your oncology treatment. Any significant dietary changes should be discussed with your doctor.
This feature has now finished, for more detailed information on the anticancer diet, the book ‘Food to Fight Cancer: What Your Doctors Aren’t Ready to Tell You’, is available to purchase on Amazon.
About the author:
Sonia Nicholas is a Biomedical Scientist and Freelance Clinical Science Writer & Editor. She has been working in the field of clinical science for fifteen years.
Sonia believes that everyone can improve their health by eating a clean diet – a claim that scientific research increasingly supports. Sonia also believes that healthy, clean eating is accessible to all and doesn’t have to be an expensive lifestyle choice.
All of the information on The Green Apple Club website is in line with current, recommended Government guidelines on nutrition. All of the articles on the website are evidence based and fully scientifically referenced.