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For which cancer is Pitanga beneficial for?

Apr 7, 2022

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Nutrition is the single most effective tool which cancer patients can control for managing cancers like ATRX+ Diffuse Glioma or Endometrial Carcinoma – hence it is important to identify those Foods and Supplements which are scientifically recommended for you. A frequently asked question is if foods like Pitanga 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 Pitanga 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 Pitanga has more benefits? Yes! Pitanga is beneficial for Endometrial Carcinoma patients taking Cyclophosphamide treatment. But has adverse interactions for ATRX+ Diffuse Glioma patients on Procarbazine treatment.

For Endometrial Carcinoma along with Cyclophosphamide – biochemical pathways like P53 Signaling, Vitamin D Signaling, DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), DNA Repair (Base Excision Repair) and DNA Repair (Global Genome Nucleotide Excision Repair) are potential drivers of the disease. Pitanga has active ingredients which can manipulate these biochemical pathways to reduce the disease drivers and hence are scientifically beneficial. But for ATRX+ Diffuse Glioma along with Procarbazine – biochemical pathways like Direct Repair, DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), DNA Repair (Base Excision Repair), Notch Signaling (NOTCH1 Signaling) and Hypoxia (Hypoxia Response) are potential drivers of the disease. Pitanga has active ingredients which can increase disease drivers like Direct Repair, DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), DNA Repair (Base Excision Repair), Notch Signaling (NOTCH1 Signaling) and Hypoxia (Hypoxia Response) and hence intake should be reduced.

Similarly, eating Pitanga can have scientific benefits for healthy individuals who have a gene mutation in MLH1 which suggests potential risk of cancer. This is because of biochemical pathways P53 Signaling, MYC Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, Estrogen Signaling and Growth Factor Signaling (EGFR Signaling). But reduce intake of Pitanga 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 ATRX+ Diffuse Glioma, Endometrial Carcinoma and other cancers individual conditions can influence if foods like Pitanga 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 ATRX+ Diffuse Glioma or Endometrial Carcinoma 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 Pitanga typically contain more than one active ingredient at varying concentrations. Each of these active ingredients like Vitamin C 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 ATRX+ Diffuse Glioma, Endometrial Carcinoma and other cancers there is a need to personalize which foods and supplements to take and regularly evaluate if foods like Pitanga are recommended or not.

Pitanga for Endometrial Carcinoma taking Cyclophosphamide treatment and Pitanga for  ATRX+ Diffuse Glioma along with Procarbazine treatment

So some of the example questions one may have related to Pitanga can be: Is Pitanga beneficial for me? Should I eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene ASXL1? Should I eat Pitanga when a mutation of a gene MLH1 is identified? Should I eat Pitanga when diagnosed with ATRX+ Diffuse Glioma? Should I eat Pitanga when diagnosed with Endometrial Carcinoma? Should I eat Pitanga when on Procarbazine treatment? Should I continue eating Pitanga if my treatment changes from Procarbazine to Cyclophosphamide? Are the implications of taking Pitanga in Endometrial Carcinoma the same as ATRX+ Diffuse Glioma? And so on.

Pitanga and cancer

Pitanga Berries or cherry is a tropical fruit known in various local names like Surinam cherry, French cherry, and more. It has been characterized by its bright red/orange color and has a sweet-sour taste.Regular consumption of pitanga berries helps in the proper functioning of the pulmonary (lungs) and prevents the lungs from contracting certain diseases or infections.

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Pitanga contains many active ingredients like Vitamin C, Quercetin, Vitamin A and many other Bioactives at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Pitanga include Direct Repair, P53 Signaling, Vitamin D Signaling, Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics (CpG Methylation), Suppressive Histone Methylation (Histone 3 Lysine 27 Methylation) 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 Pitanga and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically best for all individuals.

Include Pitanga 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 Pitanga 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 Pitanga for ATRX+ Diffuse Glioma with Procarbazine treatment?

ATRX+ Diffuse Glioma is known to have mutations in gene like ATRX, IDH1 and MGMT and others which together cause biochemical pathway changes in Direct Repair, DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), DNA Repair (Base Excision Repair), Notch Signaling (NOTCH1 Signaling) and Hypoxia (Hypoxia Response). A cancer treatment like Procarbazine 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 ATRX+ Diffuse Glioma and treatment Procarbazine – Pitanga is not recommended. Pitanga impacts pathways or processes like Direct Repair which can negate the effects of the treatment.

2. Any benefits of Pitanga for Endometrial Carcinoma with Cyclophosphamide treatment?

Endometrial Carcinoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like PTEN, PIK3CA and ARID1A leading to biochemical pathway changes in P53 Signaling, Vitamin D Signaling, DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), DNA Repair (Base Excision Repair) and DNA Repair (Global Genome Nucleotide Excision Repair). Also treatments like Cyclophosphamide have molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Pitanga should be considered for Endometrial Carcinoma while on Cyclophosphamide treatment. Pitanga impacts pathways or processes like P53 Signaling and Vitamin D Signaling which can either reduce drivers of Endometrial Carcinoma and/or improve Cyclophosphamide treatment effect.

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3. Any benefits of Pitanga 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 Pitanga should be reduced when there is a mutation of ASXL1 for risk of Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Pitanga impacts pathways or processes like Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics (CpG Methylation) and Suppressive Histone Methylation (Histone 3 Lysine 27 Methylation) and creates adverse effects with ASXL1 mutation.

4. Any benefits of Pitanga for gene MLH1 associated cancer genetic risk?

MLH1 is also one of many genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. MLH1 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like P53 Signaling, MYC Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, Estrogen Signaling and Growth Factor Signaling (EGFR Signaling) to get impacted. Cancer molecular endpoints like apoptosis, proliferation and spread are impacted by pathways like P53 Signaling, MYC Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, Estrogen Signaling and Growth Factor Signaling (EGFR Signaling). Intake of foods like Pitanga should be considered when Colon cancer risk is identified due to gene MLH1 mutation. Pitanga impacts biochemical pathways or processes like P53 Signaling and MYC Signaling associated with genetic risk to MLH1 mutation.

* Other Factors Included Like BMI, Lifestyle Habits, Treatments

In Conclusion

Personalized nutrition planning for cancer can inform if foods like Pitanga 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 Pitanga beneficial for me?”

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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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