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Bulgur intake should be reduced for these cancer types!

Nov 1, 2021

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Bulgur 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 Bulgur 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 Bulgur can be scientifically explained for cancer patients with Metastatic Breast Carcinoma taking Paclitaxel treatment. But reduce intake of Bulgur for Cervical Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Cisplatin treatment . 

Similarly, the benefits of eating Bulgur can be scientifically explained for healthy individuals who are at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of the gene SMARCE1. But reduce intake of Bulgur when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene PMS2. 

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

Bulgur for Cancer Treatment and Genetic Risk

So some of the example questions you may have related to Bulgur can be: Should you eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene PMS2? Should you eat Bulgur when a mutation of a gene SMARCE1 is identified? Should you eat Bulgur when diagnosed with Cervical Squamous Cell Carcinoma? Should you eat Bulgur when diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Carcinoma? Should you eat Bulgur when on Cisplatin treatment? Should you continue eating Bulgur if your treatment changes from Cisplatin to Paclitaxel? Are the implications of taking Bulgur in Metastatic Breast Carcinoma the same as Cervical Squamous Cell Carcinoma? And so on.

Bulgur and cancer

Bulgur is an edible cereal food made of wheat groats which are parboiled and dried. It is commonly used in Middle Eastern cuisines. It is highly nutritious and has many health benefits. Following are some of the potential health benefits of Bulgur:

Bulgur contains many active ingredients like Epicatechin, Folic Acid and Gallic Acid at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Bulgur include MAPK Signaling, Cell Cycle, Estrogen Signaling, P53 Signaling, Carbohydrate Metabolism, Apoptosis 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 Bulgur and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically correct across individuals.

Include Bulgur 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 Bulgur 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 Bulgur for Cervical Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Cisplatin treatment?

Cervical Squamous Cell Carcinoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like PIK3CA and MUC4 leading to biochemical pathway changes in MYC Signaling, MAPK Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling and Small Molecule Transport. A cancer treatment like Cisplatin 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, Bulgur intake should be reduced by cancer patients with Cervical Squamous Cell Carcinoma while on Cisplatin treatment. Bulgur 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 Bulgur for Metastatic Breast Carcinoma and Paclitaxel treatment?

Metastatic Breast Carcinoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like PIK3CA and TP53 leading to biochemical pathway changes in Apoptosis, Carbohydrate Metabolism, Microtubule Dynamics, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling and Small Molecule Transport. A cancer treatment like Paclitaxel has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Bulgur should be considered by cancer patients with Metastatic Breast Carcinoma while on Paclitaxel treatment. Bulgur impacts pathways or processes like Apoptosis and Carbohydrate Metabolism which can either obstruct drivers of Metastatic Breast Carcinoma and/or improve Paclitaxel treatment effect.

For which cancers should Bulgur 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 Bulgur for PMS2 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. PMS2 is one of the genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. 

PMS2 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like MYC Signaling, Estrogen Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling and Lipid Metabolism to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Bulgur should be reduced when mutation of PMS2 for risk of Colon Cancer and Endometrial Cancer is identified. Bulgur impacts pathways or processes like MYC Signaling and Estrogen Signaling and creates adverse effects with PMS2 mutation and related conditions.

4. Continue Eating Bulgur for SMARCE1 Associated Cancer Genetic Risk? 

SMARCE1 is also one of many genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. SMARCE1 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like P53 Signaling, Cell Cycle, Cancer Epigenetics, Stem Cell Signaling and Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Bulgur should be considered when mutation of SMARCE1 for risk of Brain Cancer is identified. Bulgur impacts pathways or processes like P53 Signaling and Cell Cycle and creates a supportive effect in those with SMARCE1 mutation and related conditions.

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* Other Factors Included Like BMI, Lifestyle Habits, Treatments

In Conclusion 

Nutrition for cancer (including supplements and foods like Bulgur) 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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