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Agave intake should be reduced for these cancer types!

Oct 17, 2021

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Agave like other plant based foods have health benefits and is included in the diet of cancer patients and those with genetic risk of cancer. But, the intake of Agave may need to be reduced for some cancers and cancer treatments. A belief but a myth is that everything plant based can only benefit and do no harm. That is true if the food intake is in moderation. For example, grapefruit with certain medications is not recommended. Also spinach with some blood thinning medications can cause adverse interactions and hence intake should be reduced. For cancer, nutrition which includes food and supplements are important decisions which need to be made. Hence the frequently asked question related to cancer is “What Food Should I Eat and What Should I Avoid?”.

Benefits of foods like Agave can be scientifically explained for cancer patients with Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma taking Cisplatin treatment. But reduce intake of Agave for Hairy cell leukemia and Cladribine treatment . 

Similarly, the benefits of eating Agave can be scientifically explained for healthy individuals who are at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of the gene ALK. But reduce intake of Agave when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene CHEK2. 

The takeaway being – for cancer individual conditions can influence if food like Agave is recommended or not. As conditions like ongoing treatments and supplements change the nutrition plan must be personalized again. Which cancer, current treatments and supplements, age, gender, weight, height, lifestyle and genetic conditions are decision factors for your nutrition. 



Why is the choice of foods important for cancer?

Foods typically contain more than one active ingredient at varying concentrations. Each of these active ingredients has a unique molecular biological mechanism of action. Cancer like most diseases is driven by specific biochemical pathways and molecular interventions of the pathway can be beneficial or create adverse interactions. Hence for cancer there is a need to personalize which foods and supplements to take and check if foods like Agave are recommended. 

Agave for Cancer Treatment and Genetic Risk

So some of the example questions you may have related to Agave can be: Should you eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene CHEK2? Should you eat Agave when a mutation of a gene ALK is identified? Should you eat Agave when diagnosed with Hairy cell leukemia? Should you eat Agave when diagnosed with Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma? Should you eat Agave when on Cladribine treatment? Should you continue eating Agave if your treatment changes from Cladribine to Cisplatin? Are the implications of taking Agave in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma the same as Hairy cell leukemia? And so on.

Agave and cancer

The agave is a succulent plant native to the Southern United States and Latin America. Agave nectar is generally used as an alternative to sugar. Following are some of the potential health benefits of Agave: 

Agave contains many active ingredients like Beta-carotene and Vitamin A at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Agave include MAPK Signaling, Cell Cycle Checkpoints, Stem Cell Signaling, Estrogen Signaling, Notch Signaling, Apoptosis, DNA Repair and Angiogenesis. These cellular pathways directly or indirectly influence cancer molecular endpoints like growth, spread and death. Because of this biological relationship – for cancer, choosing foods like Agave and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically correct across individuals.

Include Agave in Your Cancer Nutrition

The answer to the question “Which Foods to Eat” and “Which Foods to Reduce Intake of” is It Depends!. Just like the same treatment does not work for every cancer patient, based on individual context the Agave may have scientific benefits or have adverse interactions. Along with cancer  – the ongoing treatments, supplements, lifestyle habits, height, weight, allergies and food preferences are all factors influencing answers to the question. 

1. Continue Eating Agave for Hairy cell leukemia and Cladribine treatment?

Hairy cell leukemia is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like BRAF and KMT2C leading to biochemical pathway changes in MAPK Signaling, Notch Signaling, RAS-RAF Signaling and Cell Cycle. A cancer treatment like Cladribine has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. The treatment intent is to have a good overlap between the cancer driving pathways and those manipulated by the treatment. In such conditions foods which have an opposing effect to the treatment and reduce the overlap between the cancer driving pathways and treatment should be avoided. As an example, Agave intake should be reduced by cancer patients with Hairy cell leukemia while on Cladribine treatment. Agave impacts pathways or processes like MAPK Signaling and Notch Signaling which can negate the effects of the treatment. The factors to be considered when choosing foods and supplements are which cancer, treatments and supplements being taken currently, which age group, gender, height, weight, lifestyle habits and any genetic information.

2. Continue Eating Agave for Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Cisplatin treatment?

Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like TP53 and FAT1 leading to biochemical pathway changes in Cell Cycle Checkpoints, Apoptosis, Oxidative Stress, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling and MAPK Signaling. A cancer treatment like Cisplatin has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Agave should be considered by cancer patients with Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma while on Cisplatin treatment. Agave impacts pathways or processes like Cell Cycle Checkpoints and Apoptosis which can either obstruct drivers of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma and/or improve Cisplatin treatment effect.

For which cancers should Agave be avoided

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.

3. Continue Eating Agave for CHEK2 Associated Cancer Genetic Risk? 

Many companies offer gene panels testing for evaluating genetic risk to different cancers. These panels cover genes associated with high prevalence cancers of breast, ovary, uterus, prostate and gastrointestinal system and others. Testing of these genes may confirm a diagnosis or identify risk to some cancers. CHEK2 is one of the genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. 

CHEK2 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Estrogen Signaling, DNA Repair, Cell Cycle Checkpoints, Stem Cell Signaling and P53 Signaling to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Agave should be reduced when mutation of CHEK2 for risk of Breast Cancer is identified. Agave impacts pathways or processes like Estrogen Signaling and DNA Repair and creates adverse effects with CHEK2 mutation and related conditions.

4. Continue Eating Agave for ALK Associated Cancer Genetic Risk? 

ALK is also one of many genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. ALK mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Angiogenesis, Stem Cell Signaling, JAK-STAT Signaling and Growth Factor Signaling to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Agave should be considered when mutation of ALK for risk of Central Nervous System is identified. Agave impacts pathways or processes like Angiogenesis and Stem Cell Signaling and creates a supportive effect in those with ALK mutation and related conditions.

* Other Factors Included Like BMI, Lifestyle Habits, Treatments

In Conclusion 

Nutrition for cancer (including supplements and foods like Agave) and treatments may not be the same for everyone. 

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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