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For which cancer is Asparagus beneficial for?

Mar 25, 2022

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Nutrition is the single most effective tool which cancer patients can control for managing cancers like Testicular Germ Cell Tumors or Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans – hence it is important to identify those Foods and Supplements which are scientifically recommended for you. A frequently asked question is if foods like Asparagus are beneficial for cancer and along with which treatments? There is a mis-conception that all plant-based foods are good for all cancers and all of them are equal in terms of their benefits or their lack of. The reality is that some plant-based foods will be better than others for a specific type of cancer, treatments and other conditions. So Asparagus benefits will vary and the answer is contextual.

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.

So are there types of cancer where Asparagus has more benefits? Yes! Asparagus is beneficial for Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans patients taking Imatinib treatment. But has adverse interactions for Testicular Germ Cell Tumors patients on Ifosfamide treatment.

For Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans along with Imatinib – biochemical pathways like MYC Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (PI3K-AKT Signaling), RAS-RAF Signaling (RAF Signaling), PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (MTOR Signaling) and Growth Factor Signaling (KIT Signaling) are potential drivers of the disease. Asparagus has active ingredients which can manipulate these biochemical pathways to reduce the disease drivers and hence are scientifically beneficial. But for Testicular Germ Cell Tumors along with Ifosfamide – biochemical pathways like Oxidative Stress, DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), DNA Repair (Base Excision Repair), Cell Cycle (Proliferation) and DNA Repair (Global Genome Nucleotide Excision Repair) are potential drivers of the disease. Asparagus has active ingredients which can increase disease drivers like Oxidative Stress, DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), DNA Repair (Base Excision Repair), Cell Cycle (Proliferation) and DNA Repair (Global Genome Nucleotide Excision Repair) and hence intake should be reduced.

Similarly, eating Asparagus can have scientific benefits for healthy individuals who have a gene mutation in SMAD4 which suggests potential risk of cancer. This is because of biochemical pathways Angiogenesis, Lipid Metabolism (Arachidonic Acid Metabolism), Stem Cell Signaling, MAPK Signaling and Growth Factor Signaling (EGFR Signaling). But reduce intake of Asparagus when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene ASXL1 due to its manipulation of biochemical pathways Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics (CpG Methylation) and Suppressive Histone Methylation (Histone 3 Lysine 27 Methylation) causing cancer drivers to increase.

The takeaway being – for Testicular Germ Cell Tumors, Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans and other cancers individual conditions can influence if foods like Asparagus are recommended or not. As conditions like ongoing treatments, supplements, habits and other conditions change; the nutrition plan must be re-designed and personalized. Whether Testicular Germ Cell Tumors or Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans or other cancer types -, current treatments and supplements, age, gender, weight, height, lifestyle and genetic conditions are also key decision factors for creating a personalized nutrition plan.



Why is the choice of foods important for cancer?

Foods like Asparagus typically contain more than one active ingredient at varying concentrations. Each of these active ingredients like Kaempferol 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 Testicular Germ Cell Tumors, Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans and other cancers there is a need to personalize which foods and supplements to take and regularly evaluate if foods like Asparagus are recommended or not.

Asparagus for Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans taking Imatinib treatment and asparagus for  Testicular Germ Cell Tumors along with Ifosfamide treatment

So some of the example questions one may have related to Asparagus can be: Is Asparagus beneficial for me? Should I eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene ASXL1? Should I eat Asparagus when a mutation of a gene SMAD4 is identified? Should I eat Asparagus when diagnosed with Testicular Germ Cell Tumors? Should I eat Asparagus when diagnosed with Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans? Should I eat Asparagus when on Ifosfamide treatment? Should I continue eating Asparagus if my treatment changes from Ifosfamide to Imatinib? Are the implications of taking Asparagus in Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans the same as Testicular Germ Cell Tumors? And so on.

Asparagus and cancer

Asparagus is a perennial flowering plant species in the genus Asparagus. Its young shoots are used as a spring vegetable. Asparagus has been used as a vegetable owing to its distinct flavour and in medicine due to its diuretic properties and its purported function as an aphrodisiac. Asparagus is also low in calories and packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Asparagus contains many active ingredients like Kaempferol, Vitamin C, Oleic Acid, Quercetin, Isorhamnetin and many other Bioactives at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Asparagus include Oxidative Stress, MYC Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (PI3K-AKT Signaling), Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics (CpG Methylation), Angiogenesis and many others. 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 Asparagus and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically best for all individuals.

Include Asparagus in my nutrition?

The answer to the question “Which Foods to Eat” and “Which Foods to Reduce Intake of” is dependent on multiple factors. Just like the same treatment does not work for every cancer patient, based on individual context the Asparagus may have scientific benefits or have adverse interactions. Along with which cancer – the ongoing treatments, supplements, lifestyle habits, height, weight, allergies and food preferences are all factors influencing answers to the question.

1. Any benefits of Asparagus for Testicular Germ Cell Tumors with Ifosfamide treatment?

Testicular Germ Cell Tumors is known to have mutations in gene like KIT, KRAS and PTMA and others which together cause biochemical pathway changes in Oxidative Stress, DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), DNA Repair (Base Excision Repair), Cell Cycle (Proliferation) and DNA Repair (Global Genome Nucleotide Excision Repair). A cancer treatment like Ifosfamide has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways . The treatment intent is to have a good overlap with the cancer driving pathways and reduce the disease drivers. In such conditions foods which can scientifically cancel out the treatment effect by reducing the overlap between the cancer driving pathways and treatment are candidates for reducing intake of or completely avoid. For example – in the case of Testicular Germ Cell Tumors and treatment Ifosfamide – Asparagus is not recommended. Asparagus impacts pathways or processes like Oxidative Stress which can negate the effects of the treatment.

2. Any benefits of Asparagus for Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans with Imatinib treatment?

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like PIK3C2B, CDKN2A and POLE leading to biochemical pathway changes in MYC Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (PI3K-AKT Signaling), RAS-RAF Signaling (RAF Signaling), PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (MTOR Signaling) and Growth Factor Signaling (KIT Signaling). Also treatments like Imatinib have molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Asparagus should be considered for Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans while on Imatinib treatment. Asparagus impacts pathways or processes like MYC Signaling and PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (PI3K-AKT Signaling) which can either reduce drivers of Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans and/or improve Imatinib treatment effect.

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3. Any benefits of Asparagus for gene ASXL1 associated cancer genetic risk?

Many companies offer gene panel tests for evaluating genetic risk to different cancers. These panels cover genes like ASXL1 and many others associated with high prevalence cancers of breast, ovary, uterus, prostate and gastrointestinal system and others. The intent of the genetic testing of ASXL1 is for diagnosis and/or to find out any potential risk factors for cancer. ASXL1 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics (CpG Methylation) and Suppressive Histone Methylation (Histone 3 Lysine 27 Methylation) to get impacted. Cancer molecular endpoints like apoptosis, proliferation and spread are impacted by pathways like Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics (CpG Methylation) and Suppressive Histone Methylation (Histone 3 Lysine 27 Methylation). Intake of foods like Asparagus should be reduced when there is a mutation of ASXL1 for risk of Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Asparagus impacts pathways or processes like Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics (CpG Methylation) and creates adverse effects with ASXL1 mutation.

4. Any benefits of Asparagus for gene SMAD4 associated cancer genetic risk?

SMAD4 is also one of many genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. SMAD4 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Angiogenesis, Lipid Metabolism (Arachidonic Acid Metabolism), Stem Cell Signaling, MAPK Signaling and Growth Factor Signaling (EGFR Signaling) to get impacted. Cancer molecular endpoints like apoptosis, proliferation and spread are impacted by pathways like Angiogenesis, Lipid Metabolism (Arachidonic Acid Metabolism), Stem Cell Signaling, MAPK Signaling and Growth Factor Signaling (EGFR Signaling). Intake of foods like Asparagus should be considered when Colon cancer and Gallbladder Cancer risk is identified due to gene SMAD4 mutation. Asparagus impacts biochemical pathways or processes like Angiogenesis and Lipid Metabolism (Arachidonic Acid Metabolism) associated with genetic risk to SMAD4 mutation.

* Other Factors Included Like BMI, Lifestyle Habits, Treatments

In Conclusion

Personalized nutrition planning for cancer can inform if foods like Asparagus are recommended or not. Nutrition is the single most effective tool which cancer patients can control and nutrition decisions are dependent on questions like “Is Asparagus beneficial for me?”

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