Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Anemia: How Nutrition Can Help Alleviate This Cancer Side Effect

My posting today is different than before, because it wont be about fashion, or recycling or even my work in Haiti but about health, Anemia/Cancer.
The article attached, which Ms. Jillian McKee one of our reader and supporter recently completed, is about the benefits of eating healthy during and after a diagnosis of any kind of cancer. Each different cancer has its limitations, but if one can keep a healthy body, they can have a better chance to overcome this awful disease.

Why did I decide to do my post differently? Very simple, we all are concern about our health and well being. So please take time to read about Ms. McKee research.

My input was only the pictures.

Anemia: How Nutrition Can Help Alleviate This Cancer Side Effect
Iron deficiency anemia is often a complication in cancer patients and those receiving cancer treatments. The condition is characterized by lower-than-normal red blood cell count. Anemia is common in cancer patients and those receiving treatment. Red blood cell production is lowered, and patients may experience fatigue, dizziness, headaches and pain. Treatment for anemia may include nutritional supplements such as vitamin B12, folic acid and iron.
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Anemia Causes

Anemia can be caused by a number of problems including: Cancer, lack of iron-rich foods in the diet, blood loss, major organ problems, lack of red blood cells, sickle cell disease, radiation or chemotherapy.

Nutrition, Supplements and Cancer

Expert nutritionists recommend patients receive their iron, folic acid and vitamin B12 from natural food sources. Natural food sources include: Grass-fed beef, liver, spinach, kale, turnip greens, collards, lima bean, green peas, kidney beans, black beans, white beans, cauliflower, tomato sauce, dried apricots, raisins, prunes, dried figs, whole-grain breads, rice, cereals, rice, sunflowers, cashews, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts. Clams and oysters are also good sources of iron.

In general, some synthetic vitamin supplements have been found to be ineffective and may accelerate cancer. The studies are inconclusive, but cancer patients should be aware in the event they notice a change in the body. An organic vitamin made from natural food sources is preferable to synthetic vitamins. Synthetic vitamins may be a problem for people with absorption issues. Always consult a physician prior to beginning an iron, folic acid or vitamin B12 regimen. If the condition worsens, physicians may prescribe erythropoietin injections or a blood transfusion.

Things to Know About Anemia and Nutrition

Increasing Folic Acid Intake May Cause the Blood Vessels to Constrict

Some studies in heart disease patients have shown this phenomenon. The studies are inconclusive, but the results are mentioned for people who may experience this problem. If breathing becomes belabored with a folic acid supplement, focus more on the iron intake than folic acid. Both are effective.

Cook with Cast-Iron Pots and Pans

Iron from the pots and pans will absorb into the food.  Many patients cook tomato sauce in cast-iron pots and pans for this reason.

Vitamin C Helps with Iron Absorption

Orange juice and other foods high in vitamin C help your body absorb more iron from food.

Calcium Inhibits Absorption Ability

Do not to take an iron supplement with calcium-rich foods. The body cannot absorb iron in the presence of calcium.

Coffee, Tea and Soda Inhibits Absorption Ability

Iron supplements should not be taken with coffee, tea or soda. All three make it harder for the body to absorb iron.

High Fiber Cereals Inhibits Absorption Ability

High fiber cereals make it more difficult for the body to absorb iron. Do not take an iron supplement with high fiber cereals.

Try Slow-Release Iron to Reduce Side Effects

Iron supplements have been known to cause constipation or upset stomach. A slow-release iron table will alleviate these symptoms.

Treat Anemia with Nutrition

Treat anemia with nutrition to eliminate the side effects associated with cancer. Even some mesothelioma side effects may subside. Consult a physician to determine the best course of action.

You can contact Ms. Jillian McKee  for more info or to learn more visit her blog here  http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/jillian/ or you can leave comments on our page.
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