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Which Foods and Supplements to Avoid for BRAF+ Melanoma?

Sep 14, 2021

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No two cancers are the same and neither should your nutrition be. When diagnosed with cancer or at risk of cancer – one immediate question is “What Should I Eat Differently Starting Now?” and “Which Supplements Should I Take and Avoid”. The answer is “It Depends”. It depends on which genetic mutations your tests identified. It depends on which cancer, which ongoing treatments and supplements. It depends on your age, weight, height, lifestyle, allergies and habits. The answer to “What Should I Eat Differently” and “Which Supplements Should I Take and Avoid” for BRAF+ Melanoma also requires understanding of how the food and supplements included in your diet manipulate the molecular pathways which are relevant for cancer and interactions with your treatment.

Internet search to find answers will never be personalized to your cancer type such as BRAF+ Melanoma and lifestyle conditions. Cancers are driven by biochemical pathways and therefore the answers to nutrition questions have to be based on molecular science irrespective of whether one understands it or not.  

For example foods like Bamboo and Onion are recommended when undergoing Dabrafenib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma. But Fig and Squash are recommended when treatment changes to Cobimetinib. 

Similarly Garcinia Cambogia supplements are recommended with Dabrafenib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma. But Alpha Lipoic Acid supplements are recommended when treatment changes to Cobimetinib. So always personalize your nutrition to your cancer gene mutations and other factors.



What is BRAF+ Melanoma?

BRAF+ Melanoma is one of the different subtypes of Melanoma. In this subtype of Melanoma, a gene called BRAF is overexpressed or downregulated or mutated. The defects or aberrations or mutations in this gene can either drive cancer (tumor promoters) or remove brakes on cancer progression (tumor suppressors).  BRAF gene mutations are prevalent in cancer- Melanoma. You can visit NIH for information on the prevalence of genetic mutations across cancers. (Reference: Steven N Hart et al, Hum Mutat,. 2020)

Diet for BRAF+ Melanoma

Why Are Some Foods Recommended in the Diet for BRAF+ Melanoma?

Foods and Supplements contain different active ingredients which manipulate different molecular pathways relevant to cancers such as BRAF+ Melanoma. Genetic mutations and cancer conditions cause specific molecular pathways to become disrupted. Hence, those foods and supplements are recommended which do not disrupt those molecular pathways further and instead reverse the disruption. For BRAF+ Melanoma, cancer pathways or processes like Insulin Signaling, MYC Signaling, Vitamin D Signaling, Angiogenesis, Adherens junction, DNA Repair, WNT Beta Catenin Signaling, RAS-RAF Signaling, Focal Adhesion, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, TGFB Signaling, Notch Signaling, MAPK Signaling, Small Molecule Transport, Growth Factor Signaling, Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics, Amino Acid Metabolism, Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition, Extracellular Matrix Remodelling, Oxidative Stress and JAK-STAT Signaling get disrupted. Choose those foods and supplements which contain active ingredients which cancel the molecular pathways disruption. Those supplements which interact with the treatments and disrupt the cancer molecular pathways further should be avoided.

The nutrition/diet for cancer such as BRAF+ Melanoma depends on the type of cancer, treatments and supplements being taken (if any), age, gender, BMI, lifestyle and any genetic information available. 

Example Foods to Eat with Dabrafenib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma

Foods and Supplements to take and avoid for BRAF+ Melanoma

Recommended Foods

Bamboo: Bamboo contains active ingredients like Beta-sitosterol, Citric Acid and Linoleic Acid. For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Beta-sitosterol manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to cancel the disruption. Hence, foods like Bamboo are recommended as part of the diet along with treatment Dabrafenib for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Onion: Onion contains active ingredients like Ajoene, Myricetin and Diallyl Disulfide. For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Ajoene manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to cancel the disruption. Hence, foods like Onion are recommended as part of the diet along with treatment Dabrafenib for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Reduce Intake of These Foods

Yardlong Bean:  Yardlong Bean contains active ingredients like Folic Acid, Linoleic Acid and Oleic Acid. For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Folic Acid manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid or reduce the intake of foods like Yardlong Bean when undergoing Dabrafenib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Yam:  Yam contains active ingredients like Oleic Acid, Citric Acid and Linoleic Acid. For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, Oxidative Stress is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Oleic Acid manipulates the molecular pathways like Oxidative Stress so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid or reduce the intake of foods like Yam when undergoing Dabrafenib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Which Supplements To Avoid with Dabrafenib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma?

Unlike foods, supplements are high concentrations of active ingredients and hence important to understand the interactions with Dabrafenib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Silymarin: Silymarin contains active ingredients Silibinin. For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, Adherens junction and DNA Repair are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Silibinin manipulates the molecular pathways like Adherens junction and DNA Repair so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid Silymarin supplements when undergoing Dabrafenib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Caffeine: For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, Adherens junction and Vitamin D Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Caffeine manipulates the molecular pathways like Adherens junction and Vitamin D Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid Caffeine supplements when undergoing Dabrafenib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Should I take this Nutritional Supplement with Dabrafenib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma?

Garcinia Cambogia:  Garcinia Cambogia contains active ingredients Garcinol and Guttiferone A. For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, Adherens junction and Vitamin D Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Garcinol manipulates the molecular pathways like Adherens junction and Vitamin D Signaling so as to cancel these disruptions. Hence Garcinia Cambogia supplements are recommended with Dabrafenib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Vitamin B2:  For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, Oxidative Stress is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Vitamin B2 manipulates the molecular pathways like Oxidative Stress so as to cancel these disruptions.  Hence Vitamin B2 supplements are recommended with Dabrafenib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Science of Right Personalized Nutrition for Cancer

Foods to Eat After Cancer Diagnosis!

No two cancers are the same. Go beyond the common nutrition guidelines for everyone and make personalized decisions about food and supplements with confidence.

Example Foods to Eat with Cobimetinib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma

Recommended Foods

Fig: Fig contains active ingredients like Angelicin, Citric Acid and Rutin. For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Angelicin manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to cancel the disruption. Hence, foods like Fig are recommended along with treatment Cobimetinib for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Squash: Squash contains active ingredients like Beta-sitosterol, Citric Acid and Ellagic Acid. For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Beta-sitosterol manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to cancel the disruption. Hence, foods like Squash are recommended along with treatment Cobimetinib for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Reduce Intake of These Foods

Wild Leek:  Wild Leek contains active ingredients like Retinol, Vitamin C and Folic Acid. For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, TGFB Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Retinol manipulates the molecular pathways like TGFB Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid or reduce the intake of foods like Wild Leek when undergoing Cobimetinib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Chia Seeds:  Chia Seeds contains active ingredients like Vitamin B3, Folic Acid and Retinol. For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Vitamin B3 manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid or reduce the intake of foods like Chia Seeds when undergoing Cobimetinib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Which Supplements To Avoid with Cobimetinib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma?

Unlike foods, supplements are high concentrations of active ingredients and hence important to understand the interactions with Cobimetinib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Atractylode:  Atractylode contains active ingredients Apigenin, Atractylochromene and Atractylon. For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, Vitamin D Signaling and DNA Repair are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Apigenin manipulates the molecular pathways like Vitamin D Signaling and DNA Repair so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid Atractylode supplements when undergoing Cobimetinib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Thyme:  Thyme contains active ingredients Apigenin, Beta-carotene and Beta-caryophyllene. For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, Vitamin D Signaling and DNA Repair are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Apigenin manipulates the molecular pathways like Vitamin D Signaling and DNA Repair so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid Thyme supplements when undergoing Cobimetinib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Should I take this Nutritional Supplement with Cobimetinib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma?

Alpha Lipoic Acid:  For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, Adherens junction and WNT Beta Catenin Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Alpha Lipoic Acid manipulates the molecular pathways like Adherens junction and WNT Beta Catenin Signaling so as to cancel these disruptions. Hence Alpha Lipoic Acid supplements are recommended with Cobimetinib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

Vitamin D3:  For BRAF+ Melanoma, along with other pathways, Adherens junction and Vitamin D Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Vitamin D3 manipulates the molecular pathways like Adherens junction and Vitamin D Signaling so as to cancel these disruptions.  Hence Vitamin D3 supplements are recommended with Cobimetinib treatment for BRAF+ Melanoma.

In Conclusion

Nutrition/diet which includes food and nutritional supplements is an effective tool which is controlled by you, while facing cancer such as BRAF+ Melanoma.

What food you eat and which supplements you take is a decision you make. Your decision should include consideration of the cancer gene mutations, which cancer, ongoing treatments and supplements, any allergies, lifestyle information, weight, height and habits.

The nutrition planning for cancer from addon is not based on internet searches. It automates the decision making for you based on molecular science implemented by our scientists and software engineers. Irrespective of whether you care to understand the underlying biochemical molecular pathways or not - for nutrition planning for cancer that understanding is needed.

Get started NOW with your nutrition planning by answering questions on the name of cancer, genetic mutations, ongoing treatments and supplements, any allergies, habits, lifestyle, age group and gender.

Foods to Eat After Cancer Diagnosis!

No two cancers are the same. Go beyond the common nutrition guidelines for everyone and make personalized decisions about food and supplements with confidence.


Cancer patients often have to deal with different chemotherapy side effects which affect their quality of life and look out for alternative therapies for cancer. Taking the right nutrition and supplements based on scientific considerations (avoiding guesswork and random selection) is the best natural remedy for cancer and treatment related side-effects.


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