Diet has become an important component in fighting different types of cancer. In fact, it is recommended, for example, that you eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and eat the right amount of food to stay healthy. Here are some of the foods and or ingredients that are important in fighting and helping in treating cervical cancer.
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflowers and kales are known to contain substances such as diindolylmethane (DIM) which has been show to inhibit the development of cervical cancer. The DIM acts by inhibiting the growth of the cancer cells of induce a programmed cell death (apoptosis) of the tumor cells. Other compounds that help in killing the cancer cells include the Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) which also acts by preventing the papilloma virus-initiated cervical cancer. This is an important factor in managing cervical cancer.
Karawatake Mushrooms and other compounds that contain PSP have been proven to improve the quality of life in patients suffering from cancers especially cervical cancer.
PSP is a type of Proteoglycan / Peptidomannan found in Japanese medicinal mushrooms.
Carotenoids are an important component in inhibiting the development of cervical cancer cells. Fruits that are rich in carotenoids such as carrots, mango, cantaloupe melon, apricot, papaya, banana, apples and straw berry come in handy. Foods rich in beta carotenoids include the above mentioned in addition to water melon, grapes, spinach, Spirulina, garlic and corn.
Selenium is an essential micronutrient with extended benefits in improving e immune system, preventing blood clotting, preventing arthrosclerosis and helping to lower blood pressure. Selenium deficiency has been found in patients with cervical cancer. Studies in lab animals have proven the same and an increase in the selenium in water given to the animal reduced the incidence by a significant amount. Foods that are rich in selenium include
- Cereal Grains such as wheat Germ, whole grain bread, wheat Bran, barley, brown rice, oat Bran, rye, rice bran and white rice
- Dairy foods such as cow milk and butter
- Poultry foods such as chicken liver, turkey and egg yolk
- Fungi such as dried shiitake mushrooms
- Legumes such as kidney Beans
- Meats including beef, liver, lamb, kidneys rabbit meat and ham
- Nuts including brazil nuts, peanuts, almond, cashew, walnuts, hazelnuts and macadamia nuts
- Sea foods like herring, tuna , crab , oysters, lobster, cod and prawns
- Seeds like sunflower Seeds and mustard Seeds
There is a correlation between vitamin deficiency and development of cervical cancer in some patients. Vitamins such as Folic acid, vitamins B1, 2, 6 and B12, Vitamins C, D and E are important in preventing and treating cancer. Folic acid is important I development of cell DNA and deficiency of folate increases the risk of cancer development. This happens during the weak chromosomal stage when the HPV virus is incorporated into the cells.
Coenzyme Q10 has a similar molecular structure to the vitamin E and K. It is a fat soluble compound that has been shown to help to prevent cervical cancer. The compound helps to prevent cancer cell growth and leads to rapid death of the cancer cells (apoptosis).
The sources of this compound include:
- Dietary Oils including rape seed, soybean, sesame, and cottonseed oil
- Chicken eggs
- Grains such as rice bran, wheat germ
- Legumes including soybeans
- Nuts such as hazelnuts, walnuts, chestnuts, almonds. Pistachio, and peanuts
- Vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, potato, garlic, onion, eggplant and carrot
- Commercially available supplements
Cervical cancer is a public health problem. Early diagnosis and treatment is important in reducing the incidences and complications. More over diets management is also important in prevention and treatment. Patients who are over weight are also at a higher risk of developing the cancer. This underscores the importance of having a proper diet in management of cancer among women.