Honey has antibacterial and antifungal activity which may help in preventing infection. The high osmolality, low pH and hydrogen peroxide in honey contribute to this antibacterial property.
The difference between Manuka and Jarah honey lies in the types of flowers from which the bee obtains nectar to make honey. You may try both types to see which is more helpful. Do not take honey in excessive amount due to the sugar content, especially if patient is a diabetic.
A ‘good’ diet would be one that is balanced i.e. contains a good mix and vegetables and meat, avoiding extremely sweet, salty and oily foods. Preferred cooking methods would be steaming ,boiling and stir frying rather than deep frying, grilling, baking.
Subjecting animal protein to high heat during deep frying, grilling, barbequeing, baking, will create heterocyclic amines which is carcinogenic. Minimize eating this foods but allow patient to try a little to ensure enough food intake as his/her taste and smell functions are altered, leading to reduced appetite. Do not be too stringent on food choice during cancer therapies.
Asparagus: In Chinese medicines, asparagus is used orally as a laxative, to treat neuritis ,parasitic diseases and cancer. Fibres from the plant have mutagen-absorbing (cancer-preventing) activity. There is insufficient reliable information about the effectiveness of asparagus.
Bitter gourd: Bitter melon can lower blood glucose levels. There is insufficient information about the anti-cancer property of bitter gourd. However, some studies suggest that people who take a lot of sweet things have higher cancer risks for all cancer types.
The glucose-lowering property of bitter gourd may help in lowering cancer risks.There is insufficient reliable information about the effectiveness of bitter gourd.
Answered by Ms. Chang Yok Ying,
Pharmacist from National Cancer Centre Singapore