NUTRITION AND LYMPHOMAS AND LEUKEMIAS
- How nutrition impacts your immune system
- Protein for tissue repair itself;
- essential fatty acids, particularly the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and in minute quantities of most fruits, vegetables and grains.
- Vitamin C is well known as an important antioxidant; oranges, lemons and strawberries excellent sources.
- Vitamin A found in liver and fortified dairy products as well as its precursor plant derived beta carotene and other carotenes found in carrots, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes.
- The B vitamins are also vital in providing the energy required for the protective actions of our immune system.
- Vitamin E acts mainly to protect cell walls and other fat soluble areas of the body and central nervous system.
- Vitamin D and sunlight that activates this hormone like vitamin is part of the calcium regulation and may play an important role in cancer prevention.
- Minerals that are involved in immune cell function include zinc, selenium硒, magnesium, boron硼 and silicon. These minerals maintain the structural integrity of the body as well as the actions of the protective white cells and their constituent cytokines such as the interleukins and interferons. In animals a magnesium deficiency can lead to lymphoma. Magnesium is found in whole grains and dark green leafy vegetables.
- Lymphomas and Leukemias and Nutrition
Some may be required in larger quantities and these would likely be the antioxidants as well as the omega-3 fatty acids. Antioxidants occur naturally in nature to protect plants from sunlight, insect and environmental damage. Fruits are particularly rich in antioxidants and botanical factors that are protective.
A key concept to remember with these particular cancers is to avoid immune stimulation while providing immune support: herbs like Echinacea should be avoided.Adjuvant nutrition
Traditional nutritional remedies include garlic and liver.
- Additional Nutrition Remedies
Digestive enzymes including bromelain from pineapple and papain from papaya have also been used in conjunction with traditional chemotherapies. Bromelain has been shown to have immunostimulatory effects and may induce differentiation in certain cells. Also important is the sulfur amino acid cysteine and its peptide glutathione. Glutathione is important in the recycling of the antioxidant cycle involving Vitamin E and selenium. Aloe vera(芦荟汁) has been used in the treatment of leukemia and juice extracts that remove any toxicants may be valuable.
- A Structured Post-treatment Nutritional Program
In the "wait and see" period is when nutrition can be particularly valuable. It helps you to replenish lost nutrient stores as well as to feel more participatory in your recovery process. Here are some of the key factors that I use when designing individualized programs for people:
- 21 days of a predominantly vegetarian diet with supplements to induce liver detoxification enzyme systems, e.g. milk thistle (silymarin) and cysteine (or N-acetyl cysteine).
- 5 or more servings of fresh fruits daily.
- 5 or more servings of fresh vegetables daily.
- addition of at least 3 servings of fish per week (salmon, etc.)
- gradual incorporation of at least 5 servings of beans per week.
- addition of digestive enzymes daily.
- addition of yogurt or other probiotic(益生素，益母菌） food/supplement daily
- addition of 1-2 tablespoons of nuts daily (for magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids).
White blood cells and other immune components are sensitive to malnutrition. Insufficient quantities of good quality protein, zinc and vitamin C can reduce the number and activity of white cells within weeks. It is important to maintain a regular supply of the nutrients needed .