Stomach Cancer diet

•  Deficiency of vitamin A may increase your risk for stomach cancer. Recommendation: Because your body can store vitamin A, building up levels that could become toxic to you, we recommend that you increase your intake of beta-carotene, the vitamin A relative that your body converts to active vitamin A as it needs it. Eat more foods containing beta-carotene, such as dark green leafy vegetables and yellow-orange vegetables. And you can supplement your food intake with 25,000 IU beta-carotene per day.

•  Deficiency of vitamin Bl2 can cause damage to the stomach (called atrophic gastritis) that increases your risk for stomach cancer. Recommendation: Take 500 micrograms vitamin B12, in sublingual form once a week. Because the B vitamins work best together, you should also take 50 to 100 mg of B-complex each day.

• Your best defense against cancer is a healthy Stomach Cancer diet. In addition to antioxidant vitamins and minerals, there are naturally occurring substances in foods that have powerful anti-cancer properties. These include beta-carotene, quercetin, indoles and thiocyanates (in cruciferous vegetables), and omega-3 fatty acids. Recommendation: Eat an abundance of carrots, cantaloupe, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, and tuna.

■ Phytochemicals are naturally occurring substances in plants that protect the body against cancer. Cancer formation is a multistep process, and phytochemicals block one or more of those steps. Almost every grain, legume, fruit, and vegetable has been found to contain these substances. Recommendation: Base your meals around fruits, vegetables, and grains. These can be eaten raw or cooked; the healthy properties of phytochemicals are not affected by cooking.

• Stomach Cancer diet: People with high intakes of vitamin C are less likely to develop stomach cancer. Some researchers believe that one of the major causes of stomach cancer involves the damaging effect of a certain class of chemicals, called nitroso compounds, on the stomach. Among these, the nitrosamines that are produced when meat is fried or burned on the grill have already gained national news attention as potential cancer-causing substances. Because vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, it helps to protect the stomach from the damage these caustic chemicals cause. (For more information, refer to oxidation and free radicals, beginning on page 18.) Vitamin C may also improve the killing power of certain immune defenders, further helping to protect you. Recommendation: Take a minimum of 1000 mg of time-release vitamin C 5 to 7 times a day. If you suffer indigestion from taking vitamin C in tablet form, you may tolerate taking the crystalline powder better. Please refer to the discussion of this vitamin for more information and how to use the powder.

• Stomach Cancer diet: Deficiency of vitamin E may also increase your risk of stomach cancer. Again, most likely because vitamin E is a potent antioxidant, it helps to protect the lining of the stomach from damage by cancer-causing chemicals in the foods we eat. Recommendation: Take vitamin E, as d-alpha-tocopherol succinate, in a dose of 400 to 600 IU per day. Warning: Vitamin E can cause elevated blood pressure in some people. Please refer to the discussion of this vitamin for information about how to slowly and safely increase your dose to the recommended level.

• Because selenium works with vitamin E when your body produces its own potent free radical scavenger, glutathione peroxidase, a deficiency of selenium may make you unable to make this important natural antioxidant. Recommendation: Take selenium aspartate in a dose of 100 to 200 micrograms per day.

• Stomach cancer dietYour body uses dietary essential fatty acids as the raw materials to produce a family of powerful body chemicals called the eicosinoids. Some of these chemical messengers are "good" for you, reducing inflammation, pain, and swelling, and others are "bad." Some research suggests that these messengers, the "good" ones at least, may inhibit the growth of cancer cells, so encouraging your body to make more of the "good" messengers can only help. Recommendation: To a nutritionally sound basic diet, add gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) and EPA fish oil in a ratio of 1:4 (GLA:EPA) 1 to 3 times daily. The EicoPro essential fatty acid product manufactured by Eicotec, Inc., of Marblehead, Massachusetts, contains ultrapure sources of linoleic acid and fish oils already combined in the proper ratio. If you cannot get that product, you can purchase linoleic acid in a product called evening primrose oil at most health and nutrition stores, and EPA fish oil as well. Because it is not as pure a form, the milligram dosing will be different. You can make a reasonable substitute by combining evening primrose oil capsules with fish oil capsules plus vitamin E. Take 500 mg of evening primrose oil (a source of linoleic acid in capsule form), plus 1000 mg EPA fish oil, plus 200 IU vitamin E 1 to 3 times a day. (Warning to diabetics: EPA fish oil can cause blood sugar fluctuations in some diabetics. Carefully monitor your blood sugar if you use this supplemental oil and discontinue its use if your blood sugar becomes difficult to control.)

•  Vitamin B3 (niacin) has been discovered to play a major role in preventing and treating cancer, probably because B vitamins improve circulation and build red blood cells. Recommendation: Take 100 mg daily. Warning: Do not take niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure.

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