Common 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 Common 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 Common pea can be scientifically explained for cancer patients with Basal Cell Carcinoma taking Sonidegib treatment. But reduce intake of Common pea for Anaplastic astrocytoma and Capecitabine treatment .
Similarly, the benefits of eating Common pea can be scientifically explained for healthy individuals who are at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of the gene MRE11. But reduce intake of Common pea when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene ERCC3.
The takeaway being – for cancer individual conditions can influence if food like Common 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 Common pea are recommended.
So some of the example questions you may have related to Common pea can be: Should you eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene ERCC3? Should you eat Common pea when a mutation of a gene MRE11 is identified? Should you eat Common pea when diagnosed with Anaplastic astrocytoma? Should you eat Common pea when diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma? Should you eat Common pea when on Capecitabine treatment? Should you continue eating Common pea if your treatment changes from Capecitabine to Sonidegib? Are the implications of taking Common pea in Basal Cell Carcinoma the same as Anaplastic astrocytoma? And so on.
Common pea and cancer
Common pea (Pisum sativum), also known as Green peas, garden pea or field pea, is a herbaceous annual legume, native to Eurasia. They are rich in dietary fiber and an excellent source of plant based protein. Following are some of the potential health benefits of common peas (Wendy J Dahl et al, Br J Nutr., 2012):
May help improve gastrointestinal function and health.
May help lower blood sugar.
May have antioxidant properties.
May help lower bad cholesterol.
May have anti-cancer properties.
Common pea contains many active ingredients like Folic Acid and Beta-sitosterol at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Common pea include MAPK Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, Estrogen Signaling, Vitamin D Signaling, Nutrient sensing, 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 Common pea and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically correct across individuals.
Include Common 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 Common 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 Common pea for Anaplastic astrocytoma and Capecitabine treatment?
Anaplastic astrocytoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like TP53 and IDH1 leading to biochemical pathway changes in MYC Signaling, MAPK Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, P53 Signaling and Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics. A cancer treatment like Capecitabine 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, Common pea intake should be reduced by cancer patients with Anaplastic astrocytoma while on Capecitabine treatment. Common 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 Common pea for Basal Cell Carcinoma and Sonidegib treatment?
Basal Cell Carcinoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like PTCH1 and CSMD3 leading to biochemical pathway changes in Nutrient sensing, Vitamin D Signaling, Cell Cycle, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling and MAPK Signaling. A cancer treatment like Sonidegib has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Common pea should be considered by cancer patients with Basal Cell Carcinoma while on Sonidegib treatment. Common pea impacts pathways or processes like Nutrient sensing and Vitamin D Signaling which can either obstruct drivers of Basal Cell Carcinoma and/or improve Sonidegib treatment effect.
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3. Continue Eating Common pea for ERCC3 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. ERCC3 is one of the genes available in panels for cancer risk testing.
ERCC3 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like MAPK Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, DNA Repair and Angiogenesis to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Common pea should be reduced when mutation of ERCC3 for risk of Skin Cancer is identified. Common pea impacts pathways or processes like MAPK Signaling and Stem Cell Signaling and creates adverse effects with ERCC3 mutation and related conditions.
4. Continue Eating Common pea for MRE11 Associated Cancer Genetic Risk?
MRE11 is also one of many genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. MRE11 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Angiogenesis, Estrogen Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, Growth Factor Signaling and Interferon Signaling to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Common pea should be considered when mutation of MRE11 for risk of Breast Cancer is identified. Common pea impacts pathways or processes like Angiogenesis and Estrogen Signaling and creates a supportive effect in those with MRE11 mutation and related conditions.
* Other Factors Included Like BMI, Lifestyle Habits, Treatments
Nutrition for cancer (including supplements and foods like Common 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.
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