The concept of a ‘Superfood’ was not developed as a scientific principle. As per an article from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, this concept started in the 20th century when a banana supplier released a marketing campaign highlighting the nutritional benefits of bananas and it saw incredible success in terms of sales it generated. This trend picked up and has helped companies with billions of dollars in revenues and the concept of superfoods has gained popularity that is sometimes beyond reality. Still consumption of some food items helps our body replenish essential nutrient requirements.
Superfoods are foods — mostly plant-based but also some fish and dairy — that are thought to be nutritionally dense and thus, good for one’s health. They have high vitamin and mineral content. Of late superfoods have become a term that is synonymous with ultra-healthy, nutrient-packed, plant-based foods and supplements.
After a person is diagnosed with cancer, he/she tends to re-evaluate their lifestyle, diet, and health practices. Many patients start by making significant dietary changes in order to support their treatment outcomes and recovery. However, it’s better to consult a nutritionist who can help the person plan their diet, considering their nutritional requirements at each stage of cancer treatment or recovery.
Nutrition plays an important role in the clinical course for a cancer patient, as it helps in maintaining healthy body weight and supporting healing, repair, and recovery. A healthy, nutritious diet is essential to keep up the defence mechanism to fight infections, prevent body tissues from breaking down and help build new tissues. Maintaining good hydration levels is also important.
There is not enough scientific evidence and research to support claims that consuming specific food can reduce the risk or promote survivorship for a particular kind of cancer. But good nutrition is important to everyone, and more so for cancer patients. That means a balanced, minimally processed plant-heavy diet, which can benefit your overall health and energy levels and support your immune system, as well as help you manage symptoms during treatment, and promote survivorship.