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

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Garden cress intake should be reduced for these cancer types! 

Nov 24, 2021

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Garden cress 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 Garden cress 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 Garden cress can be scientifically explained for cancer patients with Anorectal Mucosal Melanoma taking Belinostat treatment. But reduce intake of Garden cress for Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor and Radiation treatment .

Similarly, the benefits of eating Garden cress can be scientifically explained for healthy individuals who are at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of the gene ERCC5. But reduce intake of Garden cress when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene ATM.

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

Garden cress for Cancer Treatment and Genetic Risk

So some of the example questions you may have related to Garden cress can be: Should you eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene ATM? Should you eat Garden cress when a mutation of a gene ERCC5 is identified? Should you eat Garden cress when diagnosed with Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor? Should you eat Garden cress when diagnosed with Anorectal Mucosal Melanoma? Should you eat Garden cress when on Radiation treatment? Should you continue eating Garden cress if your treatment changes from Radiation to Belinostat? Are the implications of taking Garden cress in Anorectal Mucosal Melanoma the same as Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor? And so on.

Garden cress and cancer

Garden Cress (Lepidium sativum), also known as  curly cress, is a fast-growing, edible herb. Cress with peppery, tangy flavour and aroma. Its seed extracts have been used in Ayurvedic medicine (Mahavir H.Ghante et al, Nuts and Seeds in Health and Disease Prevention, 2011):

  • As antirheumatic
  • As diuretic
  • For abdominal discomfort
  • For fracture healing
  • For the treatment of gout.

Garden cress contains many active ingredients like Folic Acid and Benzyl Isothiocyanate at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Garden cress include MAPK Signaling, Cell Cycle Checkpoints, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, Estrogen Signaling, Oxidative Stress and Angiogenesis. 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 Garden cress and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically correct across individuals.

Include Garden cress 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 Garden cress 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 Garden cress for Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor and Radiation treatment?

Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like SMARCB1 and MRTFA leading to biochemical pathway changes in PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, Cancer Epigenetics, Notch Signaling and Cell Junctions. A cancer treatment like Radiation 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, Garden cress intake should be reduced by cancer patients with Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor while on Radiation treatment. Garden cress impacts pathways or processes like PI3K-AKT-MTOR 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 Garden cress for Anorectal Mucosal Melanoma and Belinostat treatment?

Anorectal Mucosal Melanoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like SF3B1 and KIT leading to biochemical pathway changes in Cell Cycle Checkpoints, Oxidative Stress, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, RAS-RAF Signaling and MAPK Signaling. A cancer treatment like Belinostat has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Garden cress should be considered by cancer patients with Anorectal Mucosal Melanoma while on Belinostat treatment. Garden cress impacts pathways or processes like Cell Cycle Checkpoints and Oxidative Stress which can either obstruct drivers of Anorectal Mucosal Melanoma and/or improve Belinostat treatment effect.

For which cancers should Garden Cress 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 Garden cress for ATM 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. ATM is one of the genes available in panels for cancer risk testing.

ATM mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Estrogen Signaling, Cell Cycle Checkpoints, Stem Cell Signaling, P53 Signaling and Growth Factor Signaling to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Garden cress should be reduced when mutation of ATM for risk of Breast Cancer and Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia is identified. Garden cress impacts pathways or processes like Estrogen Signaling and Cell Cycle Checkpoints and creates adverse effects with ATM mutation and related conditions.

4. Continue Eating Garden cress for ERCC5 Associated Cancer Genetic Risk?

ERCC5 is also one of many genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. ERCC5 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Angiogenesis, MAPK Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling and DNA Repair to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Garden cress should be considered when mutation of ERCC5 for risk of Skin Cancer is identified. Garden cress impacts pathways or processes like Angiogenesis and MAPK Signaling and creates a supportive effect in those with ERCC5 mutation and related conditions.

For Which Cancer Types Should you Avoid Garden cress

* Other Factors Included Like BMI, Lifestyle Habits, Treatments

In Conclusion

Nutrition for cancer (including supplements and foods like Garden cress) 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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