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Bone cancer is a type of cancer that can occur in any bone. It is most commonly seen in the long bones of the legs or arms, according to MayoClinic.com. Symptoms of bone cancer include bone pain, swelling and tenderness near the affected area, bones that have weakened, unintentional weight loss, and fatigue 1. Maintaining a nutrient-rich and well-balanced diet is important in helping to fight bone cancer and its symptoms 1.
Foods Rich In Antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances that help protect your body from free radical damage, harmful agents in your body that can lead to infection and disease. Antioxidants play an important role in building and maintaining a strong immune system that can help fight many diseases. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends that you eat foods rich in antioxidants in order to provide you with increased immune support to help combat bone cancer. Foods rich in antioxidants are fruits and vegetables and include:
Foods Rich In Omega-3 Fats
The University of Maryland Medical Center advises that consuming omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce your symptoms of bone cancer 1. It suggests a dose of one or two capsules or 1 tablespoon of oil one or two times per day in order to reduce inflammation in your body and strengthen your immune system. Good food sources of omega-3 fats include:
- flax seed,
- flax seed oil
Omega-3 fats may interact with some medications, such as blood thinning medications, and can cause problems. Check with your physician before taking omega-3 in supplement form or increasing your diet dosage.
Healthy Protein Sources
It is important to consume a sufficient amount of healthy protein each day in order to reduce the effects of chemotherapy treatments, such as muscle and weight loss. Consuming more protein can help you build and maintain a healthy, strong body that is not easily fatigued and able to fight cancer. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends that you choose healthy protein sources of good quality. Good choices include:
- lean meats
- cold water fish
- organic eggs
- vegetable protein shakes
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