Vitamin and Supplement Plan
My Vitamin and Supplement Plan:
Although a healthy diet is the best defense against breast cancer, I want to do all that I can to help my body prevent a recurrence. After much research, I developed this daily vitamin and supplement plan. Again I will say I am not a doctor. Please check all supplements with your oncologist or general physician before starting any program.
- Multivitamin – Garden of Life Vitamin Code – 50 & Wiser Women’s Formula – This is a whole foods formula in a capsule.
What I’ve found is that is very important to use a whole foods capsule vitamin to obtain the greatest benefit. Some of the gelatin used in making tablets is not easily digested and so your body is not getting the full benefit of the supplement.
Website with vitamin contents:
- Coromega – Omega 3
My nutritionist at Dana Farber recommended I use this supplement instead of fish oil because I had a problem digesting the capsules and didn’t like the fishy taste I experienced after taking them. This is a cream in a squeeze packet. I use the orange crème formula but it also comes in chocolate orange and lemon and lime. It is also free of pesticides and impurities because it is made from deep, cold water fish. Each packet contains the full National Institutes of Health recommended day’s dose of Omega-3. The benefits omega-3 have been linked to the prevention of heart disease, cancer, depression, Alzheimer's, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, Reynaud's disease and many other afflictions.
- Vitamin D3 – 1000 mg
Vitamin D3 helps create healthy new cells and enhances the proper functioning of all healthy cells in the body. Women living in the Northeast have been found to be lacking in Vitamin D. Recent studies have shown that Vitamin D helps prevent certain cancers, particularly breast, ovarian, prostate and colorectal. My nutritionist at Dana Farber recommended 2000 mg/day. My multi vitamin already has 1000 mg of Vitamin D, so I only supplement with an additional 1000 mg.
- Magnesium 250
Magnesium offers protective against disorders such as cardiovascular disease and immune dysfunction. It also aids with constipation. The recommended. daily amount for women my age is 360. Since I only get 43 from my multi, I take an additional 250mg.
- Biotin – 5000 mcg
Biotin is good for healthy hair and nails. My nails have suffered a great deal since I started taking Tamoxifen. I have also tried using almond oil on my cuticles and nails at night which seems to help a bit. Jason’s Aloe Vera cream found in health food stores is also helpful.
- Coral Calcium 1000 mg (500 am/500pm)
In addition to maintaining healthy bones, calcium is essential for the healthy functioning of the circulatory and nervous systems. It also promotes healing and helps balance your body’s pH to achieve alkalinity. My research led me to choose coral calcium over other types because it is supposedly easier to absorb and also contains beneficial trace minerals.
- Chlorophyll – 60 mg 2 x day breakfast and dinner
Chlorophyll is the green pigmentation found in plants. There are many benefits to taking chlorophyll. Namely, it acts as anantioxidant to fight free radicals. It also helps rid the body of toxins from pollution and stimulates the production of red blood cells. It helps with blood circulation, has anti-carcinogenic properties, helps in wound healing, and is a good deodorizer for bad breath or body odor. Chlorophyll also helps keep your body pH in an alkaline state. Cancer thrives in an acidic environment but cannot survive in an alkaline one. Eating lots of green leafy vegetables also helps, but I want an extra boost.
- Spirulina – 500 mg
Spirulina is a tiny, blue-green algae in the shape of a perfect spiral coil. Spirulina is called a super food because its nutrient content is more potent than any other food. Many of the essential nutrients needed by our bodies are concentrated in spirulina. It’s comprised of at least 60% all-vegetable protein, essential vitamins and phytonutrients such as the rare essential fatty acid GLA, sulfolipids, glycolipids and polysaccharides. It also helps combat 'free radicals'. The gama linolic acid (GLA) present in spirulina dissolves fat deposits, helps prevent heart problems and reduces 'bad cholesterol'. As if this wasn't enough, the National Cancer Institute has additionally announced that sulfolipids in Spirulina are remarkably active against the AIDS virus. Regular intake of Spirulina increases anti-viral activity, stimulates the immune system, reduces kidney toxicity, improves wound healing and reduces radiation sickness.
- Tumeric/Curcumin – 500 mg 2 x day
Turmeric should not be used if you are on chemo because it can interfere with some drugs. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is the yellow spice most familiar in Indian curries and found in American prepared mustard. People whose diets are rich in turmeric have lower rates of breast cancer as well as prostate, lung and colon cancers, and recent research at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston suggests that curcumin, an active component in turmeric, may help prevent the spread of breast cancer. In studies of mice, researchers found that curcumin helped stop the metastasis of breast cancer cells to the lung. Human studies following up on this finding are now in progress. – Andrew Weil MD
- New Chapter Host Defense – Organic Mushroom Complex
Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests that eating a few ounces of mushrooms every day could help prevent breast cancer. Dr. Shiuan Chen of the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope in Duarte, California, and colleagues tested seven vegetable extracts for their aromatase -blocking activity, and found that white button mushroom had the strongest effect. Aromatase is an enzyme that helps the body make estrogen. Hormone therapyies like Femara are called aromatase inhibitors. The researchers evaluated 10 other types of mushrooms, and found stuffing mushrooms, portobello, crimini, shiitake and baby button mushrooms also inhibited aromatase activity. This study and others like it suggest that mushrooms could be a form of natural therapy in lieu of aromatase inhibitors.
- Vitamin C 1000 mg each morning
- Juice Plus
Juice Plus+® is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 17 different fruits, vegetables and grains. Each ingredient is specially selected to provide a broad range of nutritional benefits. Juice Plus+ is a complement to a healthy diet. Juice Plus+ is the simple, convenient, and inexpensive way to add more nutrition from fruits and vegetables to your diet, every day. Juice Plus+ is supported by clinical research conducted by researchers at leading hospitals and universities around the world and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Juice Plus+ is recommended by thousands of doctors and health professionals around the world.
- New Chapter Probiotics
Probiotic Immunity™* contains ten strains of live probiotics cultured together on a whole-food medium containing growth-stimulating prebiotic organic whole foods known to support immune health, including organic elderberry, organic spinach, and organic oregano.*
- Folic Acid if alcohol is consumed – 250 mg
Unfortunately for me, I just missed participating in a clinical trial using melatonin. What research suggests is that melatonin inhibits breast cancer cell growth in mice. It also enhances the effectiveness of Tamoxifen.
Check with your doctor to see if your chemotherapy treatment would be affected by any of these supplements. Here is a good site to use:
Herb/Drug Interactions as noted on the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: