Cancer is a deadly disease characterized by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. In the normal process of cell division, cells grow, divide to make new cells, and die. But in the case of cancer, abnormal cells keep growing and damaging other cells. Nutrients required to treat cancer are antioxidants like vitamin A, C, and E, selenium and zinc to stop the proliferation of cancer cells, phytonutrients like lycopene and carotenoids to fight existing cancer cells, and fiber to form bulk and remove waste matter quickly, so the carcinogen cannot act on it and aggravate the situation. Fiber also helps keep your blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure in control. Proteins are required for the growth and repair of cells.
It is widely accepted that in order to reduce the risk of cancer and combat it, we should incorporate a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in our diet. In Indian cuisine, vegetables are widely used, sometimes, even as a meal in themselves. Whole grains like oats, wheat, brown rice, barley and bulgur are excellent sources of good carbohydrates packed with high fiber. Lentils and legumes like chickpea, black beans, peas and kidney beans are great sources of fiber and protein. They are also rich in foliate and B vitamins. The role of foliate in general is to repair damaged cells. This role signifies its importance in fighting dangerous cells.
The oleic acid in olive oil and the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil help inactivate cancer cells. The red-orange –yellow colored fruits, especially berries, apples, and plums, are packed with antioxidants that help kill cancerous cells while leaving the healthy cells intact. Almost all the spices in the Indian kitchen are packed with antioxidants. They have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which make them a necessity in the dietary checklist of cancer patients, especially cur cumin.
A cancer patient typically has to undergo chemotherapy and radiation, and they hope that this treatment will take care of their cancer and heal them. The problem lies here. Chemotherapy and radiation, as we all know, are so powerful and toxic that they affect the healthy cells in the body too, as well as its immunity. This is the reason why these treatments are linked to a double-edged sword. Chemotherapy and radiation are required in many treatments, but in many others, they may not be needed at all. If one opts for this line of treatment, the most important thing the patient needs to do is help his or her body through the harsh treatments by making lifestyle changes and introducing the right nutrition in their diet to change that body’s internal environment.
Over the last few years, we have seen how Indian food and spices have shrunk tumors and arrested the growth and spread of cancer. We were amazed to hear from doctors that the Indian diet for their patients was working miracles. We continued to introduce simple Indian foods and spices to help the patients; bodies fight the cancer, though it is not just food and nutrition. Prevention and cure of cancer is also dependent on other lifestyle changes.