Aggressive cancer treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, and drug therapies all have nutritional implications. The treatments are making drastic changes to the body, which often deplete critical nutrients. Nutrient supplementation can reverse these deficiencies and enhance these types of treatment.
For example, a supplement containing coenzyme Q10, riboflavin, and niacin was found to reduce markers of breast cancer cells in those also taking tamoxifen. This supplement may help drug treatment by restoring proper mitochondrial (the cell’s energy center) function and reducing tumor necrosis factor, a tumor growth-stimulating molecule.
Medication and supplement interaction is complex so get the advice of an expert before making decisions. Some medical doctors and oncologists are trained in nutrition. However, it is more likely that your naturopath, oncology nutritionist or integrated medical doctor will be able to help you in choosing the best nutrients to support your recovery.