Vitamins helping to fight child cancer
Our body keeps our cells growth and division in control. But sometimes this control over the cells is lost and cells start to divide rapidly and invade surrounding tissues this condition is called cancer. In cancer, our body has no control on cancerous cells and they keep dividing and growing. This uncontrolled growth damages the surrounding tissues and organs. This growth also needs a lot of nutrients so healthy cells are deprived of essential nutrients. Cancer usually occurs in adults but it could also occur rarely as a child cancer.
Child cancer is a form cancer affecting children of age below 18. This cancer is rare but still remains the leading cause of early death in children. Although deaths from pediatric cancer are reduced up to 75% but still child cancer remains the leading cause of early child death. According to an estimate of child cancer in the United states
About more than 10,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer in 2016
These states don’t mean that child cancer is unstoppable. It could be prevented and cured. In the past, we have discussed some vitamins which help in preventing cancer and even in the treatment of cancer.
Vitamins and cancer:-
Studies have shown that vitamins help in combating against cancer. Vitamins also work as antioxidants preventing from cancer. Some vitamins directly attack cancer cells and some produce byproducts during their metabolism which kill cancerous cells. Vitamins also help during recovery from cancer.
Following are few vitamins which could help in this fight against cancer:-
Vitamin C is believed to help in killing cancerous cells. When this vitamin is ingested in high quantities it breaks into peroxides. These peroxides are toxic for cells healthy cells could eliminate peroxides from the body. But cancerous cells are not capable of neutralizing peroxides so they are killed by it. Also, vitamin c is a strong antioxidant and this could be used “along with chemotherapy”.
Chemotherapy and vitamin c
Although chemotherapy kills cancer cells but it also causes few side effects in the body like infertility, hair loss, stress, and anxiety(to name a few).
These after affects of chemotherapy could seriously affect the life of the child cured of cancer. Vitamin c helps” in reducing these side effects of chemotherapy on the body.This affect of “vitamin c” is quite helpful for saving the healthy life of children. For more on cancer and vitamin c:-
Vitamin d and cancer:-
Cancer is a major killer all around the globe. That made research workers find out what’s good in fighting against it so they kept on trying everything. One of the successful experiments included vitamin D. After over hundreds of epidemiological studies, it was found that those people which have low quantities of vitamin D were at larger risk of developing cancer.
Helping in child cancer:-
“Vitamin D fights over 14 major types” of cancer most of them are major killers. And if could fight so many types of cancer it could also fight your child’s cancer.
Moreover, it could help children recovering from cancer as cancer deprives the body of nutrients. It is a major nutrient and our body needs high quantities of vitamin D regularly to keep bones and teeth strong. So it must also be given to children recovering from cancer and growing up( for a beautiful life!).
This vitamin regulates gene expression and boosts the immune system. In child cancer, the immune system of the body is highly disturbed so that child is more prone to pathogens and other diseases. Even chemotherapy destroys the bone marrow and disturbs the immune system.In that case, vitamin A is a blessing! Because it regulates the immune system properly according to our body needs
Attacking the cancerous cells
Retinoic acid is the oxidized form of vitamin A. This form is believed to directly attack the cancer cells and stop their growth. Moreover, this form helps in maintaining the mucous lining of major tracts intact and healthy which could be disrupted during cancer invasion.
During recovery from cancer, children face more difficulties than an adult. Because they have been through a lot! And their body also suffers from after-effects of cancer. So, in this vitamin A protects mucous membrane of tracts and boosts immunity controls gene expression preventing any change in genes.
Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant this vitamin prevents production superoxides during cancer. It is believed to help in recovery phase preventing the production of free radicals. These free radicals actually could cause mutation in genes. So, vitamin E prevents any mutation in future, reducing chances of future cancer.
Child cancer is really dangerous but it is quite treatable. And after the complete eradication of it, there are still chances of its future outbreak. But, we can prevent it by proper diet and care. Vitamins should be included in our diet as per need. These vitamins also help during the recovery phase of cancer.
I am concluding this with a hope that one day we’ll win this fight against cancer. Share this and spread awareness about child cancer. Who knows your one step could bring smiles for someone. Stay safe!