Today is the day I’m going to talk about foods that help the immune system from cancer treatments and also help fight cancer.
How can food protect you from Cancer?
-By spurring on the body to produce more toxin scavengers, like glutathione peroxidase from indoles in cabbage.
-By bolstering the immune system. Once the external therapies of chemo, radiation and surgery have eliminated the visible tumor, then the real and final cancer battle is totally dependent on the immune factors. Many foods and individual nutrients are influential here.
-By stimulating certain detoxifying enzyme systems, like the liver’s cytochrome P450.1 Selenium, vitamin C and milk thistle help here.
-By shutting down the oncogene in human cells, that acts like a traitor to participate in cancer growth. Soybeans, vitamin A and D help here.
-By directly killing tumor cells. The bioflavonoid quercetin, vitamin C, B-12, K, and garlic help here.
-By directly killing bacteria or viruses that may cause cancer.
-By binding up substances, like bile acids, that can decay into a carcinogenic substance. Fiber is a champion here.
-By caging carcinogenic heavy metals, in a process called chelation (say ‘key-lay-shun’), and carrying these toxic minerals out of the body. Bioflavonoids, vitamin C and garlic help this way.
-By attaching to fats, to stop the carcinogenic fat “rusting” process. Calcium, vitamin E and fiber use this method.
-By providing the known essential and unknown important nutrients that the body needs to better defend itself against pollutants.2 A well-nourished body is better able to detoxify, neutralize and excrete the ubiquitous poisons of the 20th century.
When it comes to fighting cancer fatigue and boosting strength with good cancer nutrition, you have to pay attention to protein. “Meats, poultry and fish are great sources of protein,” says Sheri Knecht, RD, a dietitian at the South-Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society. “But some people have trouble tolerating them during cancer treatment.” So she also recommends easy-to-digest foods such as:
• Dairy products such as milk, cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt
• Beans, soy, and nuts — including peanut butter or almond butter
Yogurt can boost immunity. Researchers who studied 68 people who ate two cups of live-culture yogurt daily for three months found that these persons produced higher levels of immunity boosting interferon. The bacterial cultures in yogurt have also been shown to stimulate infection-fighting white cells in the bloodstream. Some studies have shown yogurt cultures to contain a factor that has anti-tumor effects in experimental animals.