Diet May Enhance Cancer Treatment
Researchers found that restricting the consumption of the amino acid methionine, which is found in red meat and eggs, helped enhance some cancer treatments in animal models. In this research, cancer treatment such as low doses of chemotherapy or radiotherapy by itself did not work. However, when these treatments were combined with a methionine-restricted diet, it led to a marked reduction in tumor growth. In a small study involving humans, researchers found the same effect as well. A plant-based diet is ideal as plant proteins are lower in methionine than animal proteins.
Nutrition exerts considerable effects on health, and dietary interventions are commonly used to treat diseases of metabolic aetiology. Although cancer has a substantial metabolic component, the principles that define whether nutrition may be used to influence outcomes of cancer are unclear.
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Cutting Calories May Help You Live Longer and Healthier
Calorie restriction may improve immune responses and help people live longer, healthier lives. The longest-running calorie restriction trial in humans has found that cutting calorie intake by about 14% over two years generated more T cells—a key player in the immune system, enhanced the ability to burn fatty acids, reduced age-related inflammation, and improved metabolic health.