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For which cancer is Alfalfa beneficial for?

Apr 23, 2022

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Nutrition is the single most effective tool which cancer patients can control for managing cancers like Seminoma or Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance – hence it is important to identify those Foods and Supplements which are scientifically recommended for you. A frequently asked question is if foods like Alfalfa 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 Alfalfa 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 Alfalfa has more benefits? Yes! Alfalfa is beneficial for Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance patients taking Lenalidomide treatment. But has adverse interactions for Seminoma patients on Ifosfamide treatment.

For Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance along with Lenalidomide – biochemical pathways like P53 Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (PI3K-AKT Signaling), NFKB Signaling, Hypoxia (HIF1 Signaling) and WNT Betacatenin Signaling are potential drivers of the disease. Alfalfa has active ingredients which can manipulate these biochemical pathways to reduce the disease drivers and hence are scientifically beneficial. But for Seminoma along with Ifosfamide – biochemical pathways like DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), Hippo Signaling, Cell Cycle (Proliferation), DNA Repair (Global Genome Nucleotide Excision Repair) and P53 Signaling are potential drivers of the disease. Alfalfa has active ingredients which can increase disease drivers like DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), Hippo Signaling, Cell Cycle (Proliferation), DNA Repair (Global Genome Nucleotide Excision Repair) and P53 Signaling and hence intake should be reduced.

Similarly, eating Alfalfa 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 Lipid Metabolism (Arachidonic Acid Metabolism), MAPK Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, Growth Factor Signaling (EGFR Signaling) and MYC Signaling. But reduce intake of Alfalfa 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 Seminoma, Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance and other cancers individual conditions can influence if foods like Alfalfa 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 Seminoma or Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance 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 Alfalfa typically contain more than one active ingredient at varying concentrations. Each of these active ingredients like Genistein 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 Seminoma, Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance and other cancers there is a need to personalize which foods and supplements to take and regularly evaluate if foods like Alfalfa are recommended or not.

Alfalfa for Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance taking Lenalidomide Alfalfa for Seminoma with Ifosfamide treatment

So some of the example questions one may have related to Alfalfa can be: Is Alfalfa beneficial for me? Should I eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene ASXL1? Should I eat Alfalfa when a mutation of a gene SMAD4 is identified? Should I eat Alfalfa when diagnosed with Seminoma? Should I eat Alfalfa when diagnosed with Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance? Should I eat Alfalfa when on Ifosfamide treatment? Should I continue eating Alfalfa if my treatment changes from Ifosfamide to Lenalidomide? Are the implications of taking Alfalfa in Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance the same as Seminoma? And so on.

Alfalfa and cancer

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa), also known as lucerne or purple medic, is a perennial herb belonging to the pea family. It has strong antioxidant properties. The seeds and dried leaves of Alfalfa are also available in the form of dietary supplements. Following are some of the potential health benefits of Alfalfa:

Alfalfa contains many active ingredients like Genistein, Linolenic Acid, 7-4′-dihydroxyflavone, Glucaric Acid, Oleic Acid and many other Bioactives at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Alfalfa include DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), Hippo Signaling, P53 Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (PI3K-AKT Signaling), Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics (CpG 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 Alfalfa and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically best for all individuals.

Include Alfalfa 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 Alfalfa 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 Alfalfa for Seminoma with Ifosfamide treatment?

Seminoma is known to have mutations in gene like KIT, KRAS and NRAS and others which together cause biochemical pathway changes in DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), Hippo Signaling, Cell Cycle (Proliferation), DNA Repair (Global Genome Nucleotide Excision Repair) and P53 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 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 Seminoma and treatment Ifosfamide – Alfalfa is not recommended. Alfalfa impacts pathways or processes like DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair) and Hippo Signaling which can negate the effects of the treatment.

2. Any benefits of Alfalfa for Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance with Lenalidomide treatment?

Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like LATS2, ZMYM2 and CDK8 leading to biochemical pathway changes in P53 Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (PI3K-AKT Signaling), NFKB Signaling, Hypoxia (HIF1 Signaling) and WNT Betacatenin Signaling. Also treatments like Lenalidomide have molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Alfalfa should be considered for Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance while on Lenalidomide treatment. Alfalfa impacts pathways or processes like P53 Signaling and PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (PI3K-AKT Signaling) which can either reduce drivers of Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance and/or improve Lenalidomide treatment effect.

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

4. Any benefits of Alfalfa 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 Lipid Metabolism (Arachidonic Acid Metabolism), MAPK Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, Growth Factor Signaling (EGFR Signaling) and MYC Signaling to get impacted. Cancer molecular endpoints like apoptosis, proliferation and spread are impacted by pathways like Lipid Metabolism (Arachidonic Acid Metabolism), MAPK Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, Growth Factor Signaling (EGFR Signaling) and MYC Signaling. Intake of foods like Alfalfa should be considered when Colon cancer and Gallbladder Cancer risk is identified due to gene SMAD4 mutation. Alfalfa impacts biochemical pathways or processes like Lipid Metabolism (Arachidonic Acid Metabolism) and MAPK Signaling 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 Alfalfa 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 Alfalfa 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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