In The Truth About Cancer many supplements were mentioned and it can be confusing without more information and so I will review them here and add sources of naturally occurring nutrients and appropriate dosage for supplements.
Stress was placed on eating well to provide as many nutrients as possible but some vitamins may be needed in greater quantity than can be consume, especially if the appetite has been affected.
The fat soluble vitamins A and D, E and K affect and regulate the immune system and may need to be supplemented. They can be stored in the body. They do not work in isolation and therefore require all fat soluble vitamins to be present.
- Retinol and Beta-carotene are the naturally occurring forms of vitamin A.
- It is essential for normal immune system function of – Neutrophils, Macrophages and Natural Killer cells. It is also essential for T cells, cytokines and production of antibodies.
- Necessary for healthy eyesight, mucous membranes as well as synthesis of protein and tissue development.
- Good Natural sources are liver, fish-liver oils, cheese and butter for Retinol and for Beta-carotene – carrots, apricots, canteloupe melon, parsley, spinach, kale and sweet potato.
- Supplement dosage for adults can be taken as fish-liver oil capsules or liquid and 10,000 iu is adequate with up to 25,000iu if recommended by nutritionist or Doctor. High dosage can cause headaches and nausea.
- Essential for correct immune system function.
- It can be synthesised from cholesterol in response to sunlight on the skin.
- it is a steroid hormone that effects the expression of more than 200 genes
- it is essential for mineral metabolism
- it regulates the absorption and transport of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus
- it regulates serotonin for mental health and digestive function
- it helps control cell growth
- studies have shown it may prevent cancer and especially breast cancer
- it regulates T and B cell function, macrophages and dendritic cells
- it helps to assimilate vitamin A
- good natural sources are oily fish and fish-liver oils, dairy products
- Dosage for adult supplement varies between 1,000 iu and 10,000 iu too much can cause nausea and vomiting, sore eyes, itchy skin, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and kidney damage.
- an anti-oxidant vitamin
- helps provide the cells with oxygen
- aids the maturation of T cells in the Thymus Gland
- helps the skin heal and prevents scaring
- good natural sources are wheat germ, soy-beans, broccoli, leafy green vegetables, eggs, oats, almonds, butter, sunflower oil and seeds
- Dosage of Alpha Tocopherol can be safely taken 1,000 iu or on practitioners advice up to 2,000 iu
- there are two types of Vitamin K. K1 (phyloquinone) and K2 (menaquinone)
- important for tooth and bone health
- boosts immune function
- essential for the formation of blood clotting factors
- good natural sources pasture raised animal meat, fermented foods and can also be produced by the micro-flora in the gut when enough leafy green vegetables are eaten.
- not as well stored as other fat soluble vitamins.
- Dosage of synthetic Vitamin K is not recommended above 500 mcg but improving gut health and taking probiotics with the right nutrients in the diet should provide adequate unless there is chronic diarrhoea.
Water Soluble Vitamins
- Extremely important as an antioxidant and in controlling inflammation.
- It is also necessary for the absorption of iron.
- important for healing wounds and burns
- supports immune system function and helping in preventing infections
- it works best with bioflavinoids, calcium and magnesium
- Sometimes given in large doses intra-venously as part of cancer treatment.
- Good natural sources are fresh fruit and vegetables – citrus fruits, Kiwis, tomatoes, broccoli, leafy green veg and bell peppers
- Not stored in the body in humans therefore daily intake important
- Dosage from 1 -4 grams orally per day but the higher dose can cause diarrhoea. I/V dosage can go much higher without this side effect and not be toxic.
- 8 numbered B vitamins all of which are important for cellular metabolism
- for supporting detoxification through the methylation cycle
- for the formation of red blood cells
- the body doesn’t store the B Vitamins and they are depleted even faster when the body is under stress
- Better to take as B-Complex as they work synergistically
- sometimes Laetrile is called B17 although it is technically not a vitamin (see treatments in next post)
- good natural sources are red meat, offal, beans, oatmeal, brown rice, leafy greens, fish, egg yolk, avocados, sunflower seeds, prunes, nuts, milk, yogurt and apricots.
- Dosage as Vitamin B Complex is usually 50 mg to 100 mg (short term) at higher dosage there is a reported risk of peripheral nerve damage
The minerals mentioned frequently on The Truth About Cancer were
- Chromium – important for blood-sugar control and fat metabolism. Found in Liver, wholegrains, cheese, molasses, mushrooms and egg yolk Dose 100-200 mcgs under normal conditions
- Selenium – essential for the action of up to 30 enzymes that protect the body from oxidative damage and the repair of DNA. It is considered to protect against many cancers. Found in Wheat germ, tuna fish, onions, tomatoes and broccoli but many soils are deficient and therefore the plants grown are as well. Fresh Brazil nuts are usually a good source. Dose 400 to 1000 iu as L-selenomethionine and with Vitamin E for best effect
- Potassium – necessary to transport carbon dioxide by red blood cells, for electrolyte balance, water balance, stabilises internal cell structure. Good sources are avocados, leafy green vegetables, bananas, dried fruits, juiced fruit and vegetables, nuts, potatoes and molasses. Not taken as a dietary supplement but may be prescribed with diuretics or those that are loosing a lot of body fluid for other medical reasons.
- Iodine – helps prevent against the toxic affects of radiation, produces thyroid hormones, and is considered to be protective of tissues against cancer, especially breast tissue, thyroid tissue and brain tissue. Found in fish and seafood, seaweed, pineapple, raisins and dairy produce. It can be taken as Lugol’s iodine drops in water or painted in a patch on the skin where it will be absorbed.
- Silica – required for the formation of connective tissue, collagen and mucous membranes
- Silver – acts to kill bacteria, viruses and some cancers. Can be taken by mouth or sprayed on the skin.
- Sulphur – needed by many biochemical processes in the body. Necessary component of all proteins, many enzymes and antioxidant molecules. Critically important for the detoxification pathways. Found in all the onion and garlic family. Often taken as MSM.
- Zinc – one of the most important trace elements in our body and often one of the first to be wiped out by cancer. Lack of smell or taste is a classic symptom of deficiency. It is necessary for fertility, hormones, immune system, growth, energy metabolism and red blood cells. It transports carbon dioxide and is necessary for vitamin A metabolism and transportation. Good sources are offal, meat, mushrooms, seeds, nuts, oysters, eggs, and wholegrain products. Supplementation should not exceed 30 mgs on its own as it can unset the balance of other minerals so would require increased copper, iron and selenium.
- Iron – essential mineral for the transportation of oxygen around the body and the removal of carbon dioxide. Also forms part of many enzymes. Necessary for immune function, required by the liver and and protects against some free radicals. Found in Liver, kidneys, red meat, cocoa powder, beans, dark chocolate, shellfish, nuts, pulses, broccoli and egg yolks. Best taken as organic iron and with vitamin C.
Other Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory supplements useful in Cancer treatment and prevention.
- Resveratrol is helpful in modulating the immune system and a potent anti-inflammatory. It is a polyphenol found in red grapes, red wine, and berries. At low doses it can stimulate the immune system and it is also a phytoestrogen so it is best to only supplement with the help of a functional medicine practitioner.
- Quercertin a flavenoid and also a phytoestrogen has anti-inflammatory properties but can also inhibit dendritic cells. Research shows only small amounts are needed by the body. It is contained in Apples, onions, tea, capers, red grapes, citrus fruits, raspberries, broccoli, tomatoes and cherries.
- Astragalus a herb used for over two thousand years in Chinese medicine and used in some hospitals now to help promote recovery from the toxic effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. it boosts the immune system, treats burns and hepatitis. It has anti-cancer properties. One US study showed that it helps the body differentiate between healthy cells and cancer cells. Dosage is 2000 to 3000 mgs per day taken with meals.
- Wormwood Artemisia has strong anti-parasitical and anti-fungal effects and has an oxidative effect on cells so may help kill cancer cells. Also works as an anti-malarial.
- Beta-glucans are sugars (polysaccharides) that are found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, algae, rice, oats and barley. they are used in the treatment of cancer and many other diseases for their ability to boost the immune system. MGM-Biobran is a supplement made from rice bran. Mushroom extracts also contain Beta-glucans – see my post on The Magic of Mushrooms and mushroom extracts.
- Proteolytic Enzymes were found to inhibit growth of certain cancer cells in 1900 and yet the research was not generally accepted until years later. These enzymes now form part of some cancer treatment regimes.
- Fulvic Acid talked about by Dr. Dan Nuzum on The Truth About Cancer, often claimed to be the most powerful antioxidant to help the body fight cancer. Fulvic acids come from humus or compost remains of vegetable matter. They can contain many minerals with high active carbon and high molecular oxygen in such small size as they can pass through cell membranes. It is thought that when added to chlorinated water they actually can change into some toxic, cancer causing agents. If taking as supplements then it is important to use filtered or Spring water.
- Salvestrols are plant derived compounds called phytonutrients that when combined with enzymes convert into a form that is toxic to malfunctioning cells.
- Medical marijuana in some form, is now available in many Countries because it has been shown to have pain relieving and anti-cancer properties. Most patients with cancer want to carry on as normal a life as possible and would not want to be ‘stoned’ all the time and unable to drive etc. therefore marijuana without the euphoric inducing effect could be more beneficial as a treatment.
I hope that this information will help anyone suffering from cancer or wishing to take steps to prevent it. I would like to add that minerals are best taken as plant derived natural source that contains at least 60 minerals that work together to maintain a disease an ailment free body. I would personally recommend Sizzling Minerals and for more information on a video go to www.healthcoach2000.com
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