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August 2019 (Vol. 4 Issue 6)

‘Super vegan’ diet could reverse lethal brain cancer
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

‘Super vegan’ diet could reverse lethal brain cancer image

A ‘super vegan’ diet could slow, or even reverse, the most common form of brain cancer that is also the most lethal. Most sufferers don’t live much beyond a year after gliobastoma (GMB) has been diagnosed, but its supposedly inevitable course could be altered by a drastic change in diet, researchers have suggested.

As medicine can offer little for the GMB patient, his or her best hope could be in a drastic change of diet that excludes all meat and cheese—but also nuts and soybeans.

All these foods feed two essential amino acids—methionine and tryptophan—that drive the cancer

once they have started to metabolize abnormally.

Although amino acids are vital for our growth and survival, they can become lethal in cases of GMB, especially when there is a sudden loss of a key enzyme, says Arnab Chakravarti at the Ohio State University’s Wexner medical centre.

In an extreme situation such as GMB, it could be the difference between life and death for the sufferer to stop feeding the two amino acids. Foods rich in tryptophan and methionine include cheese, lamb, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, nuts and soybeans.


References

(Source: Clinical Cancer Research, 2016; doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-15-2308)

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