Fruits to eat during chemotherapy

Dr Gunes Dr Hossami

Dr. Adem Günes & Dr. Abdulla El-Hossami

Fruits to eat during chemotherapy
Blueberry Chemotherapy

The foods that we eat are highly associated with the risk of developing diseases. So, it is crucial to select the diet that will restrain such diseases to develop and spread in our bodies. While undergoing cancer treatment, patients need to consume food such as fruits, that contain nutritional substances that are health-promoting and may inhibit tumor development, and lessen certain adverse effects of therapy, making the healing process easier.
Below are a few top 6 fruits to consume before, amid, and even after cancer treatment.

1. Blueberries:
Each serving of blueberries provides us with an abundant amount of vitamin C, fiber, and manganese. As they are a nutritious powerhouse, they are discovered to be rich in antioxidants too, and extensive research claims that they have cancer-fighting properties. During the chemotherapy sessions, patients face difficulty with concentration and remembrance, blueberries assist to resolve that issue too. Consuming blueberry juice helps aged people to boost memory during cancer treatment.

2. Oranges:
Oranges are known best for their citrus and sweet flavor. It has brilliant color and an excellent nutritious profile. A small orange can fulfill the requirement of vitamin C if eaten on daily basis. Vitamin C is an important component of the body’s defense system and boosts immunity after chemotherapy. Studies declare that vitamin C inhibits the growth of tumor cells of several cancers.

3. Bananas:
Bananas are considered an excellent dietary option for individuals suffering from cancer. During the treatment of cancer, many patients experience sore mouth and tongue, thus, find it difficult to eat and swallow the food, at this time, bananas are the best nutritious packed fruit containing fiber, vitamin B6, manganese, and Vitamin C. It is also useful to restore the energy wasted during vomiting or diarrhea.

4. Apples:
An apple a day keeps the doctor away is not just a saying, it is a truth. This fruit can protect us from numerous diseases. Potassium found in apples prevents fluid retention in the body that is a common side effect of chemotherapy. It helps to promote resistance to infection and suppress cancer cell proliferation. Apple fiber increases motility and keeps food flowing through your intestinal system.

5. Lemons:
Recognized by its sour taste and citrus characteristics, each lemon contains a variety of nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants. Besides vitamin C, they also hold potassium, Vit B6, and iron. Lemon extract has been shown in lab experiments to help inhibit the development of numerous types of malignant cells. The stress and anxiety you encounter during the treatment might be alleviated due to the presence of limonene in lemons and also improve the mood of a person during that hardship.

6. Strawberries:
A berry that everyone loves to eat is not only delicious but also plays a significant role to reduce the severity of side effects resulting from chemotherapy. It provides numerous advantages during the recovery of cancer. Being soft to eat, it gets easier for the patients to swallow and digest it. Even when it is eaten in routine, it works as an anti-cancer food. When hamsters were put under the experiment to see the impact of strawberries on tumor cells, the result revealed that they aided in the death of breast cancer cells.

7. Grapefruit:
The presence of lycopene, a carotenoid that has anticancer properties in grapefruit, makes it an ideal choice for people under cancer treatment. Apart from this, it is rich in antioxidants and minerals like potassium. It can provide a heavy dose of vitamin c and provitamin A. all these substances can help inhibit the growth of cancer cells. A study suggests drinking grapefruit juice helped increase the blood flow to the brain. It is best consumed under the guidance of your medical practitioner as it may hinder the effectiveness of certain cancer medications.

8. Pomegranates:
Pomegranates are brimming with health benefits for cancer patients. They are rich in fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin k, and vitamin c. The outcome of some studies suggests that pomegranates can help improve brain activity and enhance memory. Its consumption benefits patients who get impaired focus and concentration after chemotherapy. Also, some animal studies show pomegranates help reduce joint pain, a common side effect of chemotherapy.

9. Mulberries:
Mulberries have cancer-fighting properties and are used in some traditional medicines to treat cancer. Many cancer patients do suffer from anemia. Mulberries are rich in iron and vitamin c, which help protect patients against it. The fruit is high in lignins, a plant fiber that helps enhance immune function. It is found through test tube studies that intake of mulberries can help kill cancer cells. But more studies are required to evaluate the number of mulberries that can give the optimum effect during and after cancer treatment.

10. Pears:
Pears are considered a part of a healthy diet and are full of flavor. They have a wealth of copper, fiber, vitamin c, and vitamin k, copper plays a central role in immune function. Intake of this element can help reduce the susceptibility of the human body to infection. This property helps during cancer treatment. Research shows that people who consumed pears regularly had a low risk of contracting lung cancer. The presence of anthocyanins in pears helps decrease tumor formation and cancer growth, shows a test tube study.

11. Blackberries:
Blackberries are purple-hued and have an array of nutrients that help fight cancer. It is rich in vitamin c, vitamin k, and manganese. It also contains an assortment of antioxidants like gallic acid, ellagic acid, and chlorogenic acid. Research on the benefits of blackberries for cancer patients says its consumption helps protect against DNA damage. It can help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. Blackberries help slow the growth of cancer cells and their spread. The fruit can help preserve brain health and enhance memory.

12. Cherries:

The presence of substances like vitamin c, copper, and potassium makes cherries nutrient dense. They also contain antioxidants like lutein, beta carotene, and zeaxanthin which are immensely beneficial to cancer patients by slowing the growth of cancer cells, suggest some test tube studies.

You can add more anti-cancer fruits and vegetables to this list like soursop, cupuacu, goji berry, dragon fruit, gardenia fruit, and more. These are abundant in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that help prevent cancer cell growth.

Fruit During Cancer Treatment

During cancer treatment and chemotherapy, you may face some discomfort. Intake of certain fruits or their extracts can help ease the symptoms.

  • Nausea and vomiting: applesauce, canned fruit, peaches, and other soft fruit.
  • Constipation: prune juice and dried and raw fruits.
  • Diarrhea: bananas, apples, and fruit juices.
  • Loss of appetite: high-calorie foods, fruit smoothies, and dried fruits,
  • Mouth sores: apple juice, canned fruit, and nectar.

A diet consisting of food enriched with antioxidants has a huge influence on the recovery of patients from cancer. Various fruits being rich in antioxidants can help combat the growth of cancerous tumors and could even give additional therapeutic advantages that can help relieve some of the adverse effects of medication. Eating these nutritious fruits in addition to a well-balanced diet will help you feel healthiest and get you to begin on the journey to normal and better life.

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