Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that develops in the lining that covers the outer surface of the organs of the body. Often, mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs, although it can also affect the lining of the abdomen, heart, and even testicles. If you or a loved one have/has mesothelioma, you probably wonder what vitamins can help with the fight against this aggressive cancer. You are probably wondering if dietary supplements are safe for mesothelioma patients and, if they are, which dietary supplements can help fight this form of cancer. So, what are the essential mesothelioma-fighting vitamins? Are dietary supplements safe for mesothelioma patients? And if they are, what supplements can help with the fight against mesothelioma?
Essential Mesothelioma-Fighting Vitamins
Everyone needs vitamins. However, vitamins are even more important for people with mesothelioma. The following are some of the essential mesothelioma-fighting vitamins.
Mesothelioma patients can get vitamin A by eating foods rich in carotene.
However, clinical trials have shown that vitamin A and beta carotene supplements can increase lung cancer risk and the risk of death among smokers and individuals exposed to asbestos.
The following are some of the food sources of vitamin A;
- Tomato juice
- Sweet potatoes
Mesothelioma patients can benefit from the following B vitamins;
- Pantothenic acid
Some excellent sources of this B vitamin include avocado, broccoli, rice, and asparagus.
Vitamin C can help mesothelioma patients when it comes to immune function and wound healing. Some of the food sources of vitamin C include;
- Tomato juice
- Green peppers
- Red bell peppers
Vitamin D is found in a few foods, such as tuna, sardines, salmon, egg yolks, and swordfish, but the body can make vitamin D with sun exposure.
Getting enough vitamin E from food has been linked with a reduced risk of some types of cancer. The following are some vitamin E food sources;
- Vegetable oils
- Peanut butter
- Sunflower seeds
This type of nutrient is known for its role in bone health and proper blood clotting. According to research, vitamin K2 helps reduce cancer risk and inflammation.
Vitamin K food sources include;
- Green leafy vegetables
Dietary Supplements and Mesothelioma Patients
There are many reasons a mesothelioma patient would consider taking supplements. For example, a patient may find it hard to eat because of symptoms and treatment side effects. Also, mesothelioma can cause issues with the body's ability to absorb nutrients.
In regards to dietary supplements, some may be safe for mesothelioma patients who lack essential vitamins or minerals. However, dietary supplements should always be discussed with a medical professional.
That said, some of the dietary supplements that mesothelioma patients may take include;
- Vitamin A, B12, D, and E
- Amino acids
- Folic acid
- Protein supplements
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