According to the American Cancer Society, stomach cancer is no longer one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States and hasn’t been since the late 1930s. While researchers are unsure of the exact cause of the decline in stomach cancer, some doctors believe that healthier diets are at least part of the equation.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer, the expert oncologists at the Cancer Center of Southern California strongly believe that each patient deserves a personalized, multi-modal treatment approach. From the most advanced chemotherapy and clinical drug therapies to a comprehensive diet and lifestyle plan, it is possible to take back control and work toward a positive outcome.
The following foods have been found to contain cancer-fighting properties, such as antioxidants and free radicals that can help inhibit stomach cancer cell growth.
This group of vegetables include onions, garlic, leeks, and chives, which contain many substances that have been found to have anti-cancer properties. Allium vegetables contain allixin, quercetin, and organosulfur compounds that help slow cancer cell production by reducing inflammation. Red and yellow onions contain a high concentration of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties that are also helpful in reducing the risk of stomach cancer.
This highly pigmented and strongly flavored root has long been known for its medicinal properties. Turmeric contains curcumen, which is a phytochemical that not only inhibits the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, which is linked to stomach cancer, but also causes cancer cells to essentially self-destruct.
Vitamin C and E
Both vitamin C and E have been found to neutralize free radicals in the body while also strengthening the immune system. Vitamin C has also been found to inhibit the production of nitrosamine, which is a well-known cancer-causing substance, when there is no fat present in the stomach at the same time. Foods rich in vitamin C include kiwis, oranges, broccoli, bell peppers, and dark leafy greens. Vitamin E rich foods include almonds, sunflower seeds, spinach, and Swiss chard.
A variety of mushrooms have been found to contain beta-glucans, which are a naturally occurring polysaccharide that aids the immune system in combating cancer cells. Shiitake, Reishi, and Maitake mushrooms contain nutrients such as vitamin B-2, C, D, and fiber, which help stimulate the immune system and block tumor formation.
Contact the Cancer Center of Southern California
The expert team of medical specialists at the Cancer Center of Southern California is dedicated to the emotional and physical well-being of our patients and carefully attend to the needs of each patient. Please contact our center at (310) 879-1099 to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians.