Carotenoids have anti-cancer properties. They are the red, yellow, and orange colors in fruits and vegetables. Lycopene, the red pigment found in tomatoes and watermelon, is a powerhouse antioxidant.
Note: Grapefruit and pomegranate fruit and juices have properties that may interact with certain medications and reduce the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Consult with your healthcare provider.
Among fruits, berries have the highest antioxidant levels. Antioxidants in berries and other brightly colored fruits and vegetables may neutralize free radical molecules that have been linked to cancer development.
Allium vegetables may assist the body in removing toxic compounds. Add more of the allium family to your soups.
Studies have shown mushrooms support the immune system and may enhance the effectiveness of treatments. Best mushrooms to cook with are cremini, maitake, oyster, and shiitake.
Milk contains lactose, a milk sugar. Hard aged cheeses are easier to digest, most lactose has been removed. Chemotherapy drugs may produce temporary lactose intolerance. Avoid added antibiotics, steroids, or hormones.
Options: Aged Cheddar, Asiago, Feta (sheep), Goat, Pecorino Romano.
Whole grains are high in fiber. They provide a steady supply of energy, regulate your blood sugar level, and leave you feeling satisfied.
Options: Amaranth, barley, buckwheat, farro, kamut, millet, quinoa, teff.
Mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans. Fiber helps to normalize bowel movements, lower cholesterol, and regulate blood sugar.