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10 Healthy Foods for Cancer Patients

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1.    Peppermint

Peppermint can help you to overcome nausea. It reduces the side-effects of radiation and chemotherapy. The Peppermint oil reduces spasms in the intestines and esophagus. It helps to overcome nausea after surgery. It prevents dehydration by controlling vomiting and nausea. It provides good nutrition and so is helpful before and after surgery in keeping the energy level of the patient intact. The essential oils of Peppermint reduces anxiety and so is beneficial for Cancer patients.

2. Eggs

Eggs are a good source of protein. Each egg offers 7 grams of protein. Besides that it offers B vitamins. The selenium present in eggs is also helpful in reducing the side-effects of chemotherapy. In a recent study it was found that selenium increased antioxidants in the blood, and number of white blood cells. It also reduce vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, abdominal pain, hair loss, mouth sores and loss of appetite.

3. Acai

Akai is a dark purple berry and it looks like blueberry. This fruit has high level of antioxidants, which is higher than blueberries and apples. It is considered as a superfood. It is useful in avoiding premature ageing, it increases digestive health and cardiovascular health. It also helps in fighting cancer.

4. Soy

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Soy contains a specific molecule known as Genistein. This molecule is toxic to different cancer cells. It is mostly present in tofu, soy protein isolates, soy flour and other dietary supplements. Genistein, when taken along with chemotherapy, increases the efficiency of chemo. It helps the drug in killing tumour cells. It also does not allow the cancer cells to divide.

5. Vegetables

You need lots of dark green, leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, lettuce and collard greens. They offer vitamins A, E and K besides offering mineral iron. Iron is a very important element for the red blood cells, which produce haemoglobin that carries oxygen to your tissues. You can eat them raw, add them to your soups, steam them or prepare them as you like.

6. Broth

Protein is very beneficial for you. Chicken soup, beef broth, vegetable broth, clear miso etc. will help you by balancing electrolytes in your body. It is necessary for you if you are undergoing cancer treatment because it will help you by controlling vomiting and severe diarrhea, which often occur as a side-effect of cancer treatments.

7. Ginger

Ginger is a popular home remedy used for relief in case of stomach upset and motion sickness. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Besides that, it removes the nausea and vomiting, which result from chemotherapy.

8. Milkshakes and smoothies

When you are undergoing cancer treatment, adding dairy products will help you to get more protein. It will help in cell repairing and creation of new cells in the body. Dairy products also offer calcium and vitamin D, both of which are very essential for your skeletal health. After chemotherapy, bone loss may happen and to fight that dairy products can help you.

9. Yoghurt

Yoghurt is good for you because it is rich in probiotics. Probiotics means the good bacteria which are similar to the bacteria present in your intestine. Probiotics help you by balancing the bacteria in your gut. It is beneficial because it helps in several different problems such as vaginal yeast infections, maintaining normal bowel functions, preventing constipation and diarrhea.

10. Beans and legumes

During your cancer treatment, you will need lots of protein and beans and legumes like peas and lentils can provide you the necessary protein. They also provide natural B vitamins. You need a diet High in protein to facilitate cell repair, healing and improving the immune system.

 

References
1. Cancer-free!
2. Cancer
3. Cancer and complementary health approaches

 

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