Carrots give chemo a boost
Carrots should be a staple in every diet for cancer patients. Certain plant compounds—also found in parsley—can make chemotherapy more effective by stopping a mechanism in the body that can interfere with cancer treatment, according to a 2014 study. Researchers hope these foods “could be used to complement conventional treatments to potentially deliver better results for patients,” according to senior scientist Arjan Scheepens, PhD, a senior scientist at the New Zealand Plant & Food Research. Here are more astounding health benefits of carrots you never knew.
Gravy combats dry mouth
If your dry mouth—a common side effect of chemo—makes swallowing difficult, try moistening your food by covering it with sauces, gravies, or even low fat milk, the American Cancer Society (ACS) suggests. Liquefying foods in a blender will also help your meal go down a little easier.