Flaxseed OilProponents of flaxseed oil believe this substance has the ability to increase immune-system function and fight off cancer. Flaxseed is available in three forms: oil (available at health-food stores), grains and seed.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), flaxseed oil may reduce the stickiness of cancer cells and thus prevent ovarian cancer from spreading. Flaxseed oil also may increase the effectiveness of tamoxifen, a drug used to treat cancer.
Licorice RootLicorice is a plant that grows in regions of Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe. Chinese herbalists have been using licorice root for centuries to treat medical issues. According to the National Cancer Institute, licorice-root extract is a kind of antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits and---although still unproven---may cause cancer cells to die.
ProteinHigh-protein foods promote the repair of body tissue, according to the Mayo Clinic. Eggs, lean meats, freshwater fish, yogurt and beans are rich in protein and beneficial to most diets, but especially to the nutrition of a cancer patient.
It's common for those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment to suffer appetite loss, so try eating frequent smaller meals to supplement nutrition and encourage tissue healing.
Omega-3 Fatty AcidsConsuming omega-3 fatty acids may prevent cancer growth and spread, according to the ACS. These minerals also can ward off heart disease and prevent dangerous blood clots.
Omega-3 fatty acids are contained in freshwater fresh, such as mackerel and salmon, and are available in supplement form.