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Choose food and supplements personalized to your cancer, genes, ongoing treatments and lifestyle.

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Brazil nut intake should be reduced for these cancer types!

Oct 31, 2021

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Brazil nut 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 Brazil nut 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 Brazil nut can be scientifically explained for cancer patients with Breast Carcinoma taking Paclitaxel treatment. But reduce intake of Brazil nut for Burkitt Lymphoma and Cyclophosphamide treatment . 

Similarly, the benefits of eating Brazil nut can be scientifically explained for healthy individuals who are at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of the gene SMARCA4. But reduce intake of Brazil nut when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene NTHL1. 

The takeaway being – for cancer individual conditions can influence if food like Brazil nut 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 Brazil nut are recommended. 

Brazil nut for Cancer Treatment and Genetic Risk

So some of the example questions you may have related to Brazil nut can be: Should you eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene NTHL1? Should you eat Brazil nut when a mutation of a gene SMARCA4 is identified? Should you eat Brazil nut when diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma? Should you eat Brazil nut when diagnosed with Breast Carcinoma? Should you eat Brazil nut when on Cyclophosphamide treatment? Should you continue eating Brazil nut if your treatment changes from Cyclophosphamide to Paclitaxel? Are the implications of taking Brazil nut in Breast Carcinoma the same as Burkitt Lymphoma? And so on.

Brazil nut and cancer

Brazil nuts (Bertholletia excelsa), also known as Pará nut, are edible tree nuts native to the Amazon rainforests in Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. They are highly nutritious and have many health benefits. Following are some of the potential health benefits of Brazil Nuts :

Brazil nut contains many active ingredients like Folic Acid and Lecithin at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Brazil nut include MAPK Signaling, Cancer Epigenetics, Chemokine Signaling, 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 Brazil nut and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically correct across individuals.

Include Brazil nut 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 Brazil nut 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 Brazil nut for Burkitt Lymphoma and Cyclophosphamide treatment?

Burkitt Lymphoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like MYC and ID3 leading to biochemical pathway changes in MAPK Signaling, MYC Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling and Cell Cycle. A cancer treatment like Cyclophosphamide 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, Brazil nut intake should be reduced by cancer patients with Burkitt Lymphoma while on Cyclophosphamide treatment. Brazil nut impacts pathways or processes like MAPK Signaling and MYC 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 Brazil nut for Breast Carcinoma and Paclitaxel treatment?

Breast Carcinoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like TP53 and PIK3CA leading to biochemical pathway changes in Angiogenesis, Chemokine Signaling, Hypoxia, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling and MAPK Signaling. A cancer treatment like Paclitaxel has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Brazil nut should be considered by cancer patients with Breast Carcinoma while on Paclitaxel treatment. Brazil nut impacts pathways or processes like Angiogenesis and Chemokine Signaling which can either obstruct drivers of Breast Carcinoma and/or improve Paclitaxel treatment effect.

For which cancers should Brazil Nut 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 Brazil nut for NTHL1 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. NTHL1 is one of the genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. 

NTHL1 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like MYC Signaling, Angiogenesis, Stem Cell Signaling, Lipid Metabolism and Growth Factor Signaling to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Brazil nut should be reduced when mutation of NTHL1 for risk of Colon Cancer is identified. Brazil nut impacts pathways or processes like MYC Signaling and Angiogenesis and creates adverse effects with NTHL1 mutation and related conditions.

4. Continue Eating Brazil nut for SMARCA4 Associated Cancer Genetic Risk? 

SMARCA4 is also one of many genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. SMARCA4 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Angiogenesis, Cancer Epigenetics, Replication Stress, Stem Cell Signaling and Cell Cycle to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Brazil nut should be considered when mutation of SMARCA4 for risk of Sarcoma is identified. Brazil nut impacts pathways or processes like Angiogenesis and Cancer Epigenetics and creates a supportive effect in those with SMARCA4 mutation and related conditions.

For Which Cancer Types Should you Avoid Brazil nut

* Other Factors Included Like BMI, Lifestyle Habits, Treatments

In Conclusion 

Nutrition for cancer (including supplements and foods like Brazil nut) 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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