When a person is undergoing treatment for mesothelioma or any other form of cancer, good nutrition is of key importance. Unfortunately, chemotherapy and radiation side effects often affect the way a person tastes and digests foods, so it may be difficult for some patients to get proper nutrition. When it’s hard to eat, it’s important to pack as many vitamins and nutrients into each food served to a patient. That’s where these super foods come in.
The immune system gets a proven boost from the active culture of bacteria in yogurt, Lactobacillus. In a number of studies, researchers have determined that eating yogurt can triple the internal production of interferon, a hormone used by the immune system to fight and prevent tumor cells. When buying yogurt, be sure to select a product that states “contains live and active cultures” on the label.
Not only can garlic enhance the flavor of a food, making it potentially more palatable to a cancer patient, but this little vegetable has also been found to prove toxic to tumor cells and pathogens.
Carotenoids, found in leafy green vegetables and orange fruits and vegetables, can stimulate the immune system by absorbing dangerous particles. Bioflavonoids act in a similar manner, and can be found in whole grains, citris, honey, and other plant foods.
These vegetables, which include broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower, contain indoles, an ingredient that helps the body increase production of important protective enzymes.
Legumes, or seed foods, can encapsulate tumors, preventing tumor growth.