Q: We have had some people contact us asking if any superfoods can help with cancer or if there any superfoods which can cure cancer?
A: Firstly, cancer is a very big topic... some scientists have spent their whole life researching it, yet many aspects of the disease remain elusive. But one thing's for sure - there is more research and progress in cancer now than at any other time in scientific history. Advanced drugs like monoclonal antibodies and cancer vaccine trials may be available to you now - ask your oncologist.
The short answer to the question: "Is there a superfood which can cure cancer?" is no - not even conventional chemotherapy can guarantee a complete cure for cancer. The cause of cancer is multifaceted: there are genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors which influence your likelihood of both getting cancer and of beating it. For instance, some people will do better with chemotherapy than others due to their genetic makeup, and some people appear to do all the wrong things all their lives and never get cancer.
For those who have been diagnosed with cancer, there is some important information we can give you regarding superfoods.
1. Much research has been done on the supportive role of phytochemicals in the body's natural defence against cancer. These phytochemicals are found in fruit and vegetables including cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and spices such as turmeric. The substances in turmeric seem to aid the body's natural defence against the expansion of cancer cells' blood supply and broccoli sprouts have high concentrations of substances which do similar things. These are two foods you can include in some part of your diet just about every day.
2. Super berries have large concentrations of antioxidants, plant-based pigments and beneficial chemicals which have been found (either in laboratory studies or human trials) to support the body's natural defence system against cancer. Therefore, it makes good sense to include a cross-section of these and other phytochemicals in your diet. If you're interested in reading some research articles relating to cancer and super berries you can find more info on our research page here. Alternatively, you can go to www.pubmed.com, click on advanced search and enter the keywords which describe what you are looking for.
3. If you're wondering how to include more super berries into your diet we have a range of powders available including Maqui Berry, Yum Berry, Goji Berry, Acai Berry, Blueberry and Raspberry which all have unique and powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals to support your immune system naturally. If you have cancer you should consider taking them as another way to support your body's natural immune defence against cancer cells rather than relying on them for a cure. The phytochemicals in fruit, vegetables and super berries are not medicines - they merely supply ingredients our bodies have evolved with which support normal cell function.
An easy and effective way to take these berry powders is to combine 1-2 teaspoons of each berry powder in some fresh fruit juice or water and to mix thoroughly. Take half a glass upon rising in the morning and directly before you go to bed - and also twice during the day. Make a fresh batch daily where possible or refrigerate if you intend keeping it for more than one day. Alternatively, you can add the super berry powders to yoghurt or smoothies. It may be a good idea to also take a fresh green drink during the day in conjunction with maintaining a balanced diet.
As with all food, don't take the same thing every day for prolonged periods without taking a day off - this gives your body a chance to discharge the buildup of excess vitamins and minerals. One day off per week is a good idea and if you are taking other high-dose preparations and formulas you may want to discuss the combined effect of everything you are taking with a suitably qualified health professional.
Please remember you should always consult your oncologist about whether or not certain high antioxidant foods are OK for you. Some forms of chemotherapy can be blocked by foods high in antioxidants - so always ask first.