Plant-Based Diets Can Benefit Cancer Patients

We all know vegetables, fruits and other plant-based foods are part of a healthy diet, but do you know their added benefits for cancer patients? According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, the consumption of more vegetables, fruit and whole grains can protect against a number of cancers including those affecting the pleural membrane, esophagus, larynx, lung, mouth, pancreas, pharynx and prostate.

Eating vegetables and an overall healthy diet is a well-known way to combat the symptoms of some cancers and the side effect of various cancer treatments, but maintaining a completely plant-based diet may be even more beneficial and effective in overcoming the symptoms of cancer and the side effects associated with most cancer treatments.

All plant-based diets include vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains, but they vary based on the amount of consumption of animal and dairy products. There are many different variations of plant-based diets, but most vegetarian diets exclude all animal products such as meat, poultry and fish, and include dairy products such as eggs. Most vegan diets completely eliminate all animal and dairy products.

Most plant-based foods are rich in phytochemicals, which are naturally occurring cancer-fighting compounds. Whole grains, vegetables and fruits are a good source of fiber (which is linked to the reduced risk of cancer), as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which will strengthen your weakened immune system. A plant-based diet may even lower your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

There are a number of beneficial foods included in a plant-based diet for cancer patients, including:

  • Berries are loaded with antioxidants, which inhibit tumor growth.
  • Carrots may actively prevent cancer recurrence, because of the amount of beta-carotene found in this snack.
  • Dark green vegetables are known to prevent cancer, especially breast cancer.
  • Garlic is a natural antibiotic that can curb cancer growth.
  • Ginger soothes stomach pain, which is a common symptom among cancer patients.
  • Mushrooms contain a variety of vitamins that help improve the immune system, as well as a protein that attacks cancerous cells.
  • Red grapes have been linked to the reduction of unhealthy cholesterol and prevention of damage to blood vessels, and may also cause the death of some cancer cells.

While eating vegetables and fruits will aid in recovery and the prevention of cancer, maintaining a completely plant-based diet just might make the biggest impact in your journey to overcoming cancer. But before making any dietary changes, all cancer patients should consult with their oncologist to determine if such changes are beneficial for them personally.

Author bio: Kaitlyn Teabo is a writer for The Mesothelioma Center. She combines her interests in writing, cancer research and emerging scientific technology to educate the mesothelioma community about asbestos and its related diseases.

Source: Recommendations for Cancer Prevention. Retrieved from

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

6 thoughts on “Plant-Based Diets Can Benefit Cancer Patients

  1. Hey, I forgot to tell you – Congratulations on your new book!!! That’s fabulous, who published it and if it’s affordable I’d love to try to buy it? You’re so experienced- that’s what makes your compliments so special to me. I’m just beginning to compile my New Creations non-fiction book entitled, “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese! (Nutritional and life lessons God taught me)” and will farm it out with inqueries and much prayer soon. It’s sooooo hard to find a publisher nowadays and I’m so happy for you! With your experience, I ‘m sure agents jumped at the chance to publish yours. As for me, I Praise God for Faith!

    Another great post today by the way,

    • Awww thanks! Mine is fiction actually. I went to school to be a writer so the whole starving artist thing made me get the real job (health and fitness) 🙂
      It’s called “The Road to Chianti” I have a site I send out my own copies from that site so I can autograph it for you if you go that route. Or you can get it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. There is also an ebook version. I tried the whole Literary agents for 2 years and big publishers. Did a lot of research and went with a small press. Balboa Press is the publisher. It released Nov 8th and I’ve sold over 400 copies not too bad I guess. I’m doing most of the work but I’ve gotten it into the Catholic school curriculum at one of the local schools. And working on the whole Diocese for the area. It’s set in Tuscany and has a Catholic background so this idea is a little easier. 🙂 Congrats on your book idea I love it! Keep plugging away and don’t listen to anyone that tells you to give up. It’s something no one will ever be able to take from me and it’s been received with open arms especially by my targeted audience. But it was one of my dreams that I can say I achieved! Keep me up to date on yours!!!;)

      • Thanks for such a great reply. I hope I can download your book on my Kindle Fire if I don’t go through your website. My husband published 3 books on golf through legitimate publishers, and like you, many newspaper and magazine articles, so he had credibility, but his publisher didn’t publish fiction at the time, (I also wrote and published fictional, “Sometimes Mariage is A Real Crime” through Smashwords (with 4 million of my other friends). I agree, writing is a great experience! Naa, I ‘ll never give up but it sure is time consuming!! If I start my 3 part seminar series perhaps that will interest a publisher too – God willing. You’re the best, thanks!

      • You shouldn’t have a problem with downloading it. It’s Kindle and Nook version and on ITunes also. Good luck with everything. I started number 2!! So I’m excited to get it going. Keep me posted on what you have instore!! Thanks for all the support!!

  2. I’m a believer! Thankfully I haven’t had a Cancer scare, but I also know that a plant-based diet is good for all kinds of illness and prevention! Just last night I watched “Forks Over Knives” with my husband. I saw it in the theater with a friend, but I wanted him to see it, and I got more out of it the second time. We are not vegetarians, although we primarily eat plant-based. I think we’re moving closer to the line of making a full jump! We’re getting a little older and the stakes are getting higher, too! I enjoy so much of what you share, Kelly. It’s always an encouragement in the better direction! oxo

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