How to keep healthy during Cancer treatment

How to keep healthy during Cancer treatment?

How to prevent anemia, and loss of minerals during cancer therapy

We have to be aware that a person with cancer usually suffers from a state of deficiency in their physical energy and mental state. That levels of deficiency comes from low levels of essential nutrients that are beneficial to good health, reflecting on their immune system. Being tremendously important good dietary recommendations in this type of patients. There is no better therapy than right nutrition and natural supplements.

Usually a cancer appears by a set of diverse situations related to great organic and physiological stress, being one of the mains causes for the healthy cells degenerate into cancer cells.

An organism with cancer, means that have already major deficit in the immune system, as well as the nutritional level, in terms of the level of healthy nutrients, such as antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids, to maintain a healthy functioning of the organism and prevent the onset of degenerated cells. We should consider adequate nutrition for cancer patients, especially when they are undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

One of the most common situations in the treatment of chemotherapy is the appearance of anemia, which is reflected in a low level of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. It is often necessary to take breaks until the patient regains normal levels.

Dietary recommendations for low white and red blood cell count during chemotherapy

1-Cane molasses is a by-product of the refining of sugar cane juice, rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other minerals Molasses contain a large number of essential minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Copper, Iron, Phosphorus, Chromium, Cobalt and Sodium. It is a good source of carbohydrates and energy and contains sugars. In addition, molasses offers several vitamins such as Niacin, Vitamin B6, Thiamine and riboflavin. Molasses is very low, both in the content of fats and fiber.
2- Marmite - yeast extract (contains barley), salt, concentrated vegetable juice, vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B12 enriched with folic acid).
3- Dried fruits such as Nuts, Hazelnuts, Almonds, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Black Sesame Seeds.
4- Goji berries (Lycium Barbarum)
5- Ginseng, Astragalus, Codonopsis, Ashwagandha, Peruvian Maca and other adaptogenic medicinal herbs.
6- Reishi Mushrooms and Cordyceps, and Shitake and other medicinal mushrooms
7- Red beet
8- Forest fruits (raspberries, currants, blueberries, etc…)

What foods are beneficial to a person with cancer who is undergoing chemotherapy?

  • Grains of barley, corn, oats, rice, black rice, wheat, bran
  • Vegetables: alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, cabbage, celery, dandelion leaves, dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, watercress, seaweed, shiitake mushroom, wheat germ kale, chard, kale.
  • Pumpkin, turnip, sweet potatoes, carrots, corn, turnips, yams, peas, onions, garlic, turnip
  • Red beet,
  • Mushrooms in general, especially shiitake
  • Red fruits: raspberry, strawberries, red currant, wild berries, blueberries
  • Fruit Apple, apricot, avocado, dates, figs, grapes, cherries
  • Azuki beans, black soybeans, chickpeas, black sesame
  • Nuts, almonds, black sesame
  • Octopus, sardines, tuna, anchovies, oysters, mussels, shrimp, clams, seaweed.
  • Baked whole grains (brown rice, millet, quinoa)
  • Meat: all red meat, lamb, especially bone marrow and liver (beef, pork, sheep)
  • Bone soup, in which the bone marrow enriches the soup with minerals essential to blood production.
  • Homemade chicken egg
  • Condiment plants: Nettle, parsley
  • Cold pressure oils: Sesame, sunflower, linseed
  • Japanese amazake, or sake-sake, is a sweet Japanese rice wine of low alcohol content, made by the fermentation of rice. Widely used throughout Asia.
  • Sugar cane molasses: Molasses are a dense and viscous by-product obtained from the processing of sugar cane.
  • Marmite: Yeast extract (contains barley), salt, concentrated vegetable juice, vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B12 and folic acid), natural aromas (contain celery).
  • Fermented soy products (tempeh, miso); beverages Soy milk
  • Supplements: Algae, pollen

Examples of western recipes that can be used daily to tone the blood and energy levels.

  • Green salad with dark leaves with avocado and grated red beets
  • Scrambled eggs with parsley
  • Mussel soup with squid
  • Snacks of dried apricots and almonds
  • Bean and mushroom lasagne with spinach salad
  • Any red meat dish.
    (Note that in Traditional Chinese Medicine meat is seen as a strong and tonifying food). But in the case of cancer patients who are most energetically fragile it is advisable not to eat heavy meats (beef and pork) so as not to dispense too much energy into difficult digestion. It is advisable to give preference to chicken and turkey meat.

Chinese medicinal plants used in dietetics to treat blood deficiency:

- Longan Fruit (dragon's eye)
- Shiitake mushroom
-Dangui (Angelica Sinensis)
- Black sesame seeds (Hei Zhi Ma)
- Chinese dates (Dazao)
- Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berries or Gou Qi Zi)

Note: A very famous medicinal soup in China for tonifying the blood and energy levels for mothers after childbirth has the following ingredients: Black-legged Chicken Soup with Angelica Sinensis (Dang Gui) + Codonopis (Dang Shen) + Chinese dates (Dazao) + Goji Berries (Gou Qi Zi) )

Medicinal paste to treat Deficiency of Blood and Energy (general states of weakness).

100gr of Walnuts: 200gr of Black Sesame Seeds
200gr of Pumpkin seed
100gr of whole oat seeds
Cane molasses (6 tablespoons well filled for a 500gr. jar)
Sesame Oil (Cold Pressure) until the whole paste is well emulsified (until it reaches the maximum absorption capacity of the paste). Or Sunflower oil, or even Coconut oil as each one prefers.

Medicinal and Aromatic Herbs that can be added to the paste:
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Cardamom powder
  • Ginseng
  • Astragalus

Which medicinal herb to choose to add to the medicinal paste?

Cinnamon: Can be used for people with diabetes problems, or for people who tend to feel cold body or less sexual drive, or with reduce motivation to take initiative to do things in life.

Cardamom: Can be used for people who tend to have digestive problems or gastrointestinal complains, as well other problems affecting the liver or gallbladder. Can be also an aphrodisiac to boost the sexual drive.

Ginseng: Can be used for people feeling with low energy, with weak voice, low motivation, and extremely exhausted. Can boost immune system.

Astragalus: Can be used for strengthening immune system, specially the lung energy, which is related with the defensive energy of body in Chinese Medicine, which is compared to the immune system. Its considered to be an anti-aging herb.

How to make a medicinal paste for an healthy blood and high levels of energy?

1- Toasting in a frying pan or oven separately or together the nuts, black sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, whole oat seeds.

2- Grinding the powder in a cooking appliance separately or together the nuts, black sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, whole oat seeds.

3- Add the powdered ingredients to a jar and add the sesame oil or other cold pressed oil until the ground ingredients are completely saturated with the oil.

4 - Then add the cane molasses. approximately 5 tablespoons well filled to a 500gr.

5- At the end add the Cinnamon or Cardamom, or the 2 together according to the taste of each one. We can also add Powder Ginseng or Astragalus according to each one health conditions.


Best way to eat this medicinal paste for strengthening the blood and immune system.

1- Due to its high saturation with cold pressed sesame or sunflower oil, this paste can be preserved for long time without cold temperatures. These oils can prevent oxidation and deterioration of the ingredients involved.
2- Can be used by elderly people that don’t have good teeth to chew the nuts and seeds, which many times can cause discomforts with pieces of nuts or seeds stuck in middle of teeth or even causing trauma in gums.
3- Can be used the same way as butter, to eat with bread, or to mix with hot water and drink a tasty and nutritious hot drink in winter.
4- Can be used also with yoghurt.
5- Excellent choice to eat in breaks in the morning and afternoon at work together with healthy cookies.
6- Or simply just put it directly to mouth and chew it slowly.

Posted by Dr. João Carrilho

Dr. João Carrilho
Doctor in Traditional Chinese Medicine by Southwest Medical University, China.
Licensed Acupuncturist (N.0500096) and Phytotherapist (N.0400028) by the Portuguese Health Ministry.
Post-Graduated in Health Sciences at Oporto University, Portugal

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