The Cancer Nutrition Handbook
Nutrition and Immunity
Immunity is important for both helping to avoid cancer for coping with treatments. By making wise eating choices you may be able to fortify your natural defenses and handle treatments with ease.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer a nutritionist or dietitian may be able to assist you in making healthy food choices, as each person's nutritional needs are very individual. Make a weekly food and exercise diary and place it on the refrigerator. This way you can monitor your changes in a way that is valuable for you, your family and your health practitioners.
Nutrition and Immunity
The following nutrients are sources of nutrients that your body needs to maintain its immunity:
|Vitamin A||Fish liver oils, liver|
|Beta Carotene (proVitamin A)||Orange, yellow and dark green leafy vegetables including carrots, cantaloupe, apricots, spinach|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)||Whole and enriched cereals and breads. Lean meat, milk, eggs, liver, dried yeast|
|Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)||As for B2, and bananas|
|Folic Acid||Leafy green vegetables, meats|
|Pantothenic Acid||Brewer's yeast, legumes, salmon, whole grains|
|Vitamin C||Citrus; fruits, berries, broccoli, bell peppers|
|Vitamin E||Leafy green vegetables, egg yolk, liver, wheatgerm|
|Selenium||Garlic, legumes, fish, asparagus|
|Iron||Liver, peas, egg yolk, asparagus|
|Zinc||Liver, oysters, soybeans, sunflower seeds|
|Magnesium||Green leafy vegetables, nuts, seafood|
|Manganese||Bananas, bran, pineapple, nuts|
|Protein||Lean meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, legumes, broccoli, sunflower seeds|
|Antioxidants||Citrus fruits, legumes, whole grains|
|Botanical Factors (Phytonutrients)||All plant sources of food including medicinal mushrooms|
Immuno-SoupThis is a vegetable based soup which is high in immune building nutrients. It is easy to digest and makes a filling meal despite being low in calories. It is high in dietary fiber which is supportive of colon health. A diet consisting of 25-30 grams of fiber each day improves the internal regulation of hormones. More than 35 grams may interfere with mineral metabolism and is not recommended.
1 head of celery
1 bunch parsley
1/2 lb green beans
1 lb fresh spinach, beet greens or chard
1/2 green bell pepper
1 bunch scallions
1 large potato
1/2 head cauliflower or 1 head of broccoli
2 cloves minced garlic
herbs to taste (thyme, oregano, marjoram, etc.)
This broth improves with age. Cool rapidly and keep refrigerated or freeze serving sized portions for a quick meal. Make sure you reheat thoroughly and boil for at least 2 minutes when reheating.
Tamari, soy sauce or Bragg's liquid aminos improve the flavoring.
You can add more carbohydrate energy by adding brown rice, barley, noodles, canned beans or corn. Serve with hot bread. Serves 3-4 bowls.
There are many anti-carcinogenic botanical factors in vegetables which help your immune system. This soup is a good way of getting your daily protection. The soup contains less than 1 gram of fat.