Minerals and vitamins for chemotherapy
Suitable and unsuitable minerals and vitamins for chemotherapy
Which vitamins and minerals to take during chemo?
Digestable foods rich in vitamins and minerals advised for chemotherapy diet:
Depending on the ease of being digested, we will preferably recommend the following:
How to cook food during chemotherapy?
The best tolerated cooking method with fruits and vegetables can be stewed, baked, boiled and microwaved.
Is juice adequate during chemotherapy?
Fruit juice is also recommended. It will provide many nutrients and calories that will help meet the increased needs of the patient. The better tolerated juice in these circumstances is apple juice.
You can make fruit and vegetables juices It is a way to bring these nutrients through food raw, but in an easier way to digest.
NON digestable foods rich in vitamins and minerals are discouraged in chemotherapy diet
We should note that one of the effects of chemotherapy treatment is usually constipation, therefore, if we have such symptoms quince consumption will be discouraged.
Among the non suitable fruits for chemotherapy diet we have the following:
- Fruits with high acid content: Those fruits that have a high acid content are not suitable becase they are irritating to the gastrointestinal mucosa that it is usually altered by chemotherapy treatment, so they become unhelpful and counterproductive. Fruits that can cause these symptoms include citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruit, unmatured kiwis, etc.
The juice of these fruits is also contraindicated because it will generate the same mentioned effects. But we should also note that the textures of some juices are more pleasing than others, as some are thicker and dense, like peach juice and can be more difficult to ingest that more liquid and less dense juices, such as apple juice.
- Stomach irritating vegetables: In the case of vegetables, it happens the same. Tomato, for example, has a particular acidity that often creates digestive distress in patients with fragile digestive mucosa, so, it is also discouraged.
- Some other raw vegetables, such as raw onions, raw garlic or raw peppers, are not good since they generate bothersome symptoms and therefore can aggravate or even cause vomiting. During chemotherapy treatment, if we happen to suffer these unpleasant symptoms, we must delay raw consumption (which, on the other hand, is extremely beneficial and preventive), until those pesky symptoms disappear.
As we can see, some foods that are not tolerated in their raw state, they are recommended by their high tolerance after having being subjected to any of the above cooking methods. This is because cooking is similar to the process of digestion, and therefore cooked foods easier to tolerate, because they require less work and effort to be broken up in the digestive tract.
For this reason, it is usually NOT RECOMMENDED the consumption of raw fruits and raw vegetables, in salad type dishes, or as fresh fruit, because digesting them is more difficult than digesting a plate of stewed or boiled vegetables or baked apples.
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