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Cornmint intake should be reduced for these cancer types!

Nov 22, 2021

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Cornmint 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 Cornmint 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 Cornmint can be scientifically explained for cancer patients with RET+ Salivary Gland Cancer taking Entrectinib treatment. But reduce intake of Cornmint for Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma and Ifosfamide treatment .

Similarly, the benefits of eating Cornmint can be scientifically explained for healthy individuals who are at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of the gene BRCA2. But reduce intake of Cornmint when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene FH.

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

So some of the example questions you may have related to Cornmint can be: Should you eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene FH? Should you eat Cornmint when a mutation of a gene BRCA2 is identified? Should you eat Cornmint when diagnosed with Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma? Should you eat Cornmint when diagnosed with RET+ Salivary Gland Cancer? Should you eat Cornmint when on Ifosfamide treatment? Should you continue eating Cornmint if your treatment changes from Ifosfamide to Entrectinib? Are the implications of taking Cornmint in RET+ Salivary Gland Cancer the same as Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma? And so on.

Cornmint and cancer

Cornmint (Mentha arvensis), also known as field mint, or wild mint, is a type of flowering plant in the mint family. It has a strong minty and menthol-like smell. Cornmint also has many medicinal properties. It has antiseptic, anticancer, and anaesthetic effects and also has beneficial effects on digestion. It may also help reduce acute Chlamydia pneumoniae infection (Olli Salin et al, J Agric Food Chem., 2011)

Cornmint contains many active ingredients like Myrcene and D-limonene at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Cornmint include MAPK Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, RAS-RAF Signaling, P53 Signaling, Growth Factor Signaling, Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Oxidative Stress. 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 Cornmint and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically correct across individuals.

Include Cornmint 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 Cornmint 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 Cornmint for Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma and Ifosfamide treatment?

Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like FGFR3 and KMT2D leading to biochemical pathway changes in Oxidative Stress, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, MAPK Signaling and RAS-RAF Signaling. A cancer treatment like Ifosfamide 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, Cornmint intake should be reduced by cancer patients with Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma while on Ifosfamide treatment. Cornmint impacts pathways or processes like Oxidative Stress 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 Cornmint for RET+ Salivary Gland Cancer and Entrectinib treatment?

RET+ Salivary Gland Cancer is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like RET and TP53 leading to biochemical pathway changes in MAPK Signaling, RAS-RAF Signaling, Growth Factor Signaling and PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling. A cancer treatment like Entrectinib has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Cornmint should be considered by cancer patients with RET+ Salivary Gland Cancer while on Entrectinib treatment. Cornmint impacts pathways or processes like MAPK Signaling and RAS-RAF Signaling which can either obstruct drivers of RET+ Salivary Gland Cancer and/or improve Entrectinib treatment effect.

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 Cornmint for FH 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. FH is one of the genes available in panels for cancer risk testing.

FH mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress, Stem Cell Signaling, Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics, Growth Factor Signaling and Carbohydrate Metabolism to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Cornmint should be reduced when mutation of FH for risk of Kidney Cancer is identified. Cornmint impacts pathways or processes like Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Stem Cell Signaling and creates adverse effects with FH mutation and related conditions.

4. Continue Eating Cornmint for BRCA2 Associated Cancer Genetic Risk?

BRCA2 is also one of many genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. BRCA2 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like P53 Signaling, Growth Factor Signaling, Androgen Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling and PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Cornmint should be considered when mutation of BRCA2 for risk of Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer is identified. Cornmint impacts pathways or processes like P53 Signaling and Growth Factor Signaling and creates a supportive effect in those with BRCA2 mutation and related conditions.

For Which Cancer Types Should you Avoid Cornmint

* Other Factors Included Like BMI, Lifestyle Habits, Treatments

In Conclusion

Nutrition for cancer (including supplements and foods like Cornmint) 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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