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Key vitamins and phytonutrients in reducing cancer risk, emphasizes Lcda. rodriguez

Nutritionists explain the main nutrients linked to increased and decreased growth of cancer.

Luis Ochoa

June 18, 2022 | , Reading Time: 4 minutes

LCD Kathleen Rodriguez, nutritionist, dietitian of the College of Nutritionists and Dietitian of Puerto Rico. Photo: Archive of the Journal of Medicine and Public Health.

Therapeutic nutritional therapy helps to reduce the side effects caused by the treatment of: canceras shown by In conversation with Kathleen Rodriguez, nutritionist, dietitian, Journal of Medicine and Public Health.

In turn, he said, optimizing the nutritional status of patients requires the support of a dietitian to “find alternatives.” Foods make a plan for what is tolerated, the manner in which they can be provided feed Individualized, based on the patient’s tastes, preferences, lifestyle and symptoms, is an important part of treatment. cancer,

He also said that there are components or Nutrients those associated with an increased or decreased risk of development cancer, are one of them Antioxidantswhat are they”Chemical compounds that block the activity of other compounds called free radicals”, the latter can damage cells and trigger growth cancer, Therefore, it is recommended to include nutrition, Antioxidants Like vitamins A, C and E, which are mostly found in tea, fruits and vegetables.

Too Highlighting the importance of phytonutrientschemical compounds found in Foods of plant origin, its properties have a positive effect on health, as their functions are Antioxidants,

“when we talk Vitamin D helps the body use calcium and phosphorusParticularly for bones and teeth, and they can also protect against skin’s exposure to sunlight, vitamin supplements, and . come in contact with Foods like salmon, sardines and eggs” expressed the nutritionist.

In turn, they indicated that many epidemiological studies linked Higher concentration of vitamin D in blood associated with lower risk of cancer, especially colorectal cancer,

On the other hand, there are also Foods those that contribute to the growth of malignant cells, such as excessive consumption of artificial sweeteners, including Saccharin, Aspartame, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose and Cyclamate.

“Nitrates and nitrites are chemical compounds used as preservatives” Foods Highly processed products like sausages and smoked meats,” he explained. Nitrites can be converted into nitrosamines which are carcinogenic organic compounds, In addition to the consumption of foods high in saturated fat and animal originwho can also contribute to cancerproducing an inflammatory effect.

Therefore he emphasized that feed Healthy is not intended to cure or cure disease, but it can help preventively during the process of healing and recovery of patients.

likewise, proper nutrition Helps to improve the side effects of treatment, which are anorexia-cachexia; Constipation; Nausea; Vomiting; neutropenia; Diarrhea; anemia; dehydration, malabsorption among others. “In general, side effects will depend on the treatment the patient is receiving,” he said.

Although due to any kind of development cancer cannot be determined precisely There are risk factors that may predispose some people toSome of them are: sunlight, chronic inflammation, genetic factors, environmental substances and lifestyle.

In the end, he stressed that with a healthy weight, feed Balanced and constant physical activity, you can prevent the development of this disease.

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