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Black-eyed pea intake should be reduced for these cancer types!

Oct 28, 2021

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Black-eyed pea 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 Black-eyed pea 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 Black-eyed pea can be scientifically explained for cancer patients with Fibrillary astrocytoma taking Temozolomide treatment. But reduce intake of Black-eyed pea for Relapsed Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma and Doxorubicin treatment . 

Similarly, the benefits of eating Black-eyed pea 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 Black-eyed pea when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene CEBPA. 

The takeaway being – for cancer individual conditions can influence if food like Black-eyed pea 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 Black-eyed pea are recommended. 

Black-eyed pea for Cancer Treatment and Genetic Risk

So some of the example questions you may have related to Black-eyed pea can be: Should you eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene CEBPA? Should you eat Black-eyed pea when a mutation of a gene ALK is identified? Should you eat Black-eyed pea when diagnosed with Relapsed Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma? Should you eat Black-eyed pea when diagnosed with Fibrillary astrocytoma? Should you eat Black-eyed pea when on Doxorubicin treatment? Should you continue eating Black-eyed pea if your treatment changes from Doxorubicin to Temozolomide? Are the implications of taking Black-eyed pea in Fibrillary astrocytoma the same as Relapsed Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma? And so on.

Black-eyed pea and cancer

Black-eyed peas, also known as black-eyed beans and a subspecies of the cowpea, are grown across the world and commonly consumed in India. They are highly nutritious and rich in fiber. Following are some of the potential health benefits of Black-eyed peas (Chathuni Jayathilake et al, J Sci Food Agric., 2018) :

  • May help reduce inflammation
  • May help decrease blood cholesterol levels
  • May help lower the risk of diabetes
  • May help improve blood pressure

Black-eyed pea contains many active ingredients like Folic Acid and Beta-carotene at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Black-eyed pea include MAPK Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, P53 Signaling, JAK-STAT Signaling, Oxidative Stress, Angiogenesis and MYC Signaling. 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 Black-eyed pea and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically correct across individuals.

Include Black-eyed pea 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 Black-eyed pea 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 Black-eyed pea for Relapsed Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma and Doxorubicin treatment?

Relapsed Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like CREBBP and KMT2D leading to biochemical pathway changes in MYC Signaling, MAPK Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling and P53 Signaling. A cancer treatment like Doxorubicin 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, Black-eyed pea intake should be reduced by cancer patients with Relapsed Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma while on Doxorubicin treatment. Black-eyed pea impacts pathways or processes like MYC Signaling and MAPK 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 Black-eyed pea for Fibrillary astrocytoma and Temozolomide treatment?

Fibrillary astrocytoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like TP53 and IDH1 leading to biochemical pathway changes in Oxidative Stress, P53 Signaling, Cell Cycle, Apoptosis and PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling. A cancer treatment like Temozolomide has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Black-eyed pea should be considered by cancer patients with Fibrillary astrocytoma while on Temozolomide treatment. Black-eyed pea impacts pathways or processes like Oxidative Stress and P53 Signaling which can either obstruct drivers of Fibrillary astrocytoma and/or improve Temozolomide treatment effect.

For which cancers should Black eyed Pea 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 Black-eyed pea for CEBPA 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. CEBPA is one of the genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. 

CEBPA mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like MAPK Signaling, JAK-STAT Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, Cell Cycle and Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Black-eyed pea should be reduced when mutation of CEBPA for risk of Hematological Cancer is identified. Black-eyed pea impacts pathways or processes like MAPK Signaling and JAK-STAT Signaling and creates adverse effects with CEBPA mutation and related conditions.

4. Continue Eating Black-eyed pea 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 Black-eyed pea should be considered when mutation of ALK for risk of Central Nervous System is identified. Black-eyed pea 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 Black-eyed pea) 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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