During cancer treatment, you may have side effects such as loss of appetite, nausea, or diarrhea that may lower the amount of nutrients that you take in and are able to absorb. Taking dietary supplements may seem like a good way to help alleviate this problem but take caution. Current research and scientific evidence on the safety and effectiveness of dietary supplements during cancer treatment are controversial and limited. The primary concern with taking supplements is the potential for interference with your cancer treatment. You should consider dietary supplements as medications. It is, therefore, important to discuss the use of them with your doctor before you take any because interactions may impact the outcome of your treatment.
Whether supplements are helpful or harmful during cancer treatment is a question that remains unclear. Until further research is done, it is preferable for patients to get their nutrients through the food that they eat unless they have a known deficiency for a particular nutrient. The benefits of getting your nutrients through foods such as fruits and vegetables may be greater than the effects that any individual dietary supplement might provide. This is because the various vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are in whole foods act synergistically or collaboratively to give you the optimal amount of nourishment for your body.
There are many food items that are rich in the nutrients that you need during the period of your cancer treatment. For a quick list of nutrient dense food, click here
. Take advantage of the expertise that your health care team has and ask them about ways to best get the amount of nutrients your body needs during the time of your cancer diagnosis and treatment.