Diet for Cancer

Herbal Medicine in Cancer

Have you been told by someone to try baking soda for cancer? It may sound ok, but alternative medicine has come a long way and there are natural therapies far more effective and safe than baking soda in cancer.

Diet is paramount and really the foundation of your plan. Through education, you will then be able to take a more active role in their health care. Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability and a healthy diet is an important part of this! Let’s get started with some really basic philosophy.

You may have also been told or read about functional foods or herbal medicines such as essiac tea. Essiac tea is a combination of herbs to cleanse the blood and tone the lymphatic system. Are looking for guidance with herbal medicine for cancer support? Get in touch now

Healthy Foods = Real Food

The follow are recommended to be eaten within a diet rich in variety and preferably organic foods.


  • Capsicum peppers – red, yellow and orange
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage – red and green
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • CeleryTurmeric
  • Herbs – parsley, Chives, basil, etc
  • Cucumbers
  • Raw and cooked Garlic
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms especially Shitake, Reishi
  • Pumpkins
  • Seaweeds – Kelp, Kombu, etc
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Sprouts – fresh alfalfa, mixed
  • Zucchini
  • Essiac tea


Fruit is best eaten in season, fresh and organic. Limit fruit to only several pieces a day

  • Apples
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Raspberries
  • Watermelon
  • Mangoes
  • Fresh coconut
  • Passionfruit
  • Strawberries


Beans are a good protein substitute for meat. If you are considering a vegetarian diet, then an adequate protein intake is essential

  • Black beans
  • Dry beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Navy beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Soybeans
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • White beans

 Meats & dairy

  • Chicken, organic
  • Beef, organic (moderation)
  • Eggs, organic
  • Fermented milk
  • Kefir
  • Organic whole milk yoghurt (consider homemade)

 Nuts & seeds

  • Almonds
  • Chia seeds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Flaxseeds
  • Sunflower
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Walnuts


  • Coffee (limited intake)
  • Essiac tea
  • Green tea
  • Organic vegetable juice
  • Herbal tea, eg peppermint, dandelion tea, Yarrow

Oils & fats

  • Coconut oil
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Olive oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Hemp seed oil


Fish should be freshly caught and cooked with minimal salt and sauces. Be aware of fish that contain high heavy metal content such as shark, swordfish and tuna

  • Snapper
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Sardines

Spices & herbs

  • Essiac tea
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic
  • Holy basil
  • Parsley
  • Saffron
  • Turmeric


  • Quinoa
  • Amaranth
  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Millet

  “Anti Cancer” Foods

The term “anti cancer food” should be used carefully because these foods are not exactly anti cancer, but rather nutrient rich foods. Furthermore, they are not usually used only as single foods but rather part of a healthy diet full of variety. Essiac tea is an example of such a “anti- cancer” tea which has a long history of use for cancer herbal treatment.

Food to avoid in Cancer

Processed Meats

Processed meats tend to have high saturated fat content, sodium nitrite and related preservatives which are normally added to processed meats to ensure their freshness and bright, red colour. Sodium nitrite has been shown to react with chemicals in the stomach to produce nitrosamines, which are known to be cancer-promoting. In addition to their nitrite content, the carcinogenic potential of processed meats appears to be related to the effects of frying or broiling, which have been shown to produce mutagenic compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). One study reported that fried bacon had a higher level of HCAs than fried pork, fried beef and fried chicken.

Alcohol and Cancer

Alcohol intake has been shown to contribute to the risks of multiple cancers including upper GIT cancers such as mouth, oesophagus, larynx, and pharynx cancers, liver cancer, gallbladder cancer, pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer. Moderate alcohol consumption can also increase cardiovascular risk and type 2 diabetes and an increasing amount of evidence is gathering. Alcohol increases the excretion of multiple nutrients such as vitamin Bs and vitamin C and also increasing the utilisation of other nutrients like zinc, vitamin A, iron and selenium.

Baking Soda Cancer and Other Alternatives

There are numerous cancer cures that you may read about throughout the internet. Baking soda is not one that is recommended nor other fringe alternative medicines. Keep it real and base your treatment on those with evidence that will give you the best outcome.

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