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Important Vitamins for Cancer Patients

| Date Posted: 1/29/2013 | Author: Mandy McCue

The last article we wrote focused on the importance of a healthy diet when it comes to cancer patients. On top of consuming the proper types of foods, it is also important to be taking the proper vitamins to say strong during cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. The following is a list of vitamins that are important and the types of foods they can be found in.

Vitamin C Protects cell and can help prevent certain cancers.

  • Red cabbage
  • KiwiFoods with vitamins
  • Oranges
  • Red bell peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines and mandarins

Vitamin E neutralizes call damage.

  • Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Brazil nuts
  • Broccoli
  • Mangoes
  • Peanuts
  • Sunflower seeds

Vitamin D is a preventative.

  • Salmon
  • Tuna

Carotenoids may inhibit growth of cancer cells. Research shows that cancer patients respond very well to vitamin A.

  • Acorn squash
  • Apricots
  • Carrots
  • Collard greens
  • Fresh corn
  • Sweet peppers
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potatoes

Selenium is a powerful antioxidant

  • Brazil nuts
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Brown rice
  • Shrimp
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Tuna
  • Wheat

Folic Acid is essential for proper synthesis and repair of the DNA.

  • Asparagus
  • AvocadosAs[aragus
  • Dried beans
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Savoy cabbage
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Oranges
  • Fresh peas
  • Soybeans
  • Spinach
  • Turkey

Lycopene inhibits prostate cancer

  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Tomatoes

Fish oils reduce inflammation.

  • Cod
  • Crab
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Oysters
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Trout
  • Tuna

Flaxseed Oil reduces Inflammation.

Flavonoids help stimulate enzymes in the body that combat cancer cell growth.

  • ApplesGreen Apple
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • White Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Pomegranates
  • Soybeans
  • Tomatoes

Catechin neutralizes free radicals

  • Grapes
  • Green tea

Calcium reduces the irritant effects of bile acids and fatty acids in the colon.

  • Amaranth
  • Dried beans
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Salmon
  • Soybeans
  • Tofu

Our patient’s health is a top priority to the staff of the FirstHealth FirstHealth Cancer Services. FirstHealth has a fulltime registered dietitian on staff to help with your diet needs. For more nutritional information please call (910) 715-3500. For healthy cooking tips and cancer specific recipes please visit our Pinterest page. FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital offers treatment and support to cancer patients in the Pinehurst, Raeford, Sanford, Lumberton, Laurinburg, Rockingham, and Troy regions of North Carolina and beyond.

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