Foods that Help Treat Colon Cancer
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Pay attention on your dietary fat!
When it comes to diet, experts believe that dietary fats may have the most significant effect in triggering cancerous growth in the bowel (colon and rectum). Why? Unfortunately, there is no clearly answer for the reason.
But experts theorize that high dietary fat may trigger the increased production of bile acids.
These acids can help break down fats. But when they arrive on the bowel, too many bile acids may be converted to particular substances that may trigger colon cancer in long term.
It’s undeniable that fiber is one of the most essential nutrients required by the body. It’s also important to keep your digestive tract (including colon) functioning well. The good news, it may help reduce the risk of colon cancer, too.
Though the issue of whether or not fiber can provide protective effects against colon cancer is still debatable, but it’s clear that fiber can improve the overall health of digestive system by moving wastes more easily through bowel. As a result, any toxics or cancer-triggering agents that travel through colon are less likely to active since they have less time to get contact with the walls of colon & rectum.
So as your bowel gets normal after the treatment, increase your dietary fiber gradually, as noted before!
This essential cancer-fighting property works by protecting the body from cancer-triggering substances called free radicals, byproduct of oxygen use in the body that can damage healthy cells through oxidation.
Actually, the body has its own mechanism to fight against these free radicals. But antioxidants (especially such as beta-carotene and selenium) can boost up this protection.
Antioxidant supplements are overwhelming. But antioxidants taken as foods are the best choice. Foods high in antioxidants include veggies, fruits, and teas.
These include terpenes, phenols, and flavonoids. They are non-nutrient substances that can be found in a wide variety of plant foods such as berries, citrus, carrots, soy beans, peppers, and tomatoes.
They are recently discovered to be effective in helping to fight against cancer.
Vitamins and minerals
- Folic acid. This essential substance can be found in some dark green leafy veggies and fruits (especially citrus fruits). But beware on folic acid supplements! Even these supplements may have opposite effect, slightly increasing the risk of cancer – according to some studies!
- Vitamin D and calcium. Together, they are so important to reinforce the bones! And recent evidences have showed that they may also reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Remember that each food contains unique property. Don’t only rely on specific food! Instead, full your daily diet with a wide variety of healthy foods!