- Question from shawksie: Is getting the appropriate vitamins and minerals from the food we eat a reasonable solution, or are supplements advised, given the unpredictable nature and sources of the food we eat?
- Answers - Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. Food is always a prime choice for getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function optimally.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. Vitamins within whole and unprocessed foods are nestled in there with lots of other important food compounds. When you process out a particular vitamin, you lose some of its helpful partners, and they can't be replaced with supplements. But if you are having a hard time eating very much?
- Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. That is a good time to use a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. If you are undergoing radiation therapy as well as some chemotherapies, you may want to avoid taking supplemental anti-oxidant vitamins which includes Vitamin C and E, and sometimes Vitamin D and A. Also the minerals selenium and zinc. This is because these vitamins may prevent the creation of the free radicals that the radiation is supposed to cause in tumor cells. So, during the course of radiation, which is usually less than two months, it may be best to limit these vitamins by supplement. I think these vitamins within foods are OK.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Food for Cancer Recovery featured Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about nutrition and how it relates to cancer recovery.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in July 2000.
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