Nutritional supplements and extracts like Andrographis have benefits and are used by cancer patients and those at-genetic risk of cancer. There is limited or hardly any clinical data available for use of nutritional supplements and foods in cancer patients. Generating clinical evidence of efficacy for cancer through a randomized clinical trial is further infeasible due to variations in genetics and cancer chemotherapy treatments across cancer patients. Hence a different and new approach is needed to find out for which cancers you should not take Andrographis supplement and why should not take them?
Is it okay to take Andrographis extracts or supplements for all cancer indications and any chemotherapy treatment? A common belief but a myth is that everything natural can only be of benefit and do no harm. For example, the use of grapefruit with certain medications is not recommended. Another example is the use of spinach with some blood thinning medications can cause adverse interactions and hence to be avoided. For cancer, nutrition including plant-based foods and supplements can influence outcomes and hence an extremely important decision which needs to be made. Hence NIH-National Cancer Institute has a website for nutrition for cancer care for patients which are generalized recommendations and not personalized for cancer indication and treatments.
A frequently asked question by cancer patients and those at-risk is “What Foods and Nutritional Supplements could be beneficial over others for me?”. “Who should not take an extract or supplement and why?”. Generic guidelines like eating only plant-based-foods or avoiding all sugar or adopting a keto diet is a good start but not actionable and personalized enough.
To find answers to questions on extracts and nutritional supplements and foods requires knowledge of contained active ingredients; genetic mutation prevalence for cancer indication; understanding of underlying cancer biology; chemotherapy treatments and mechanism of actions of active ingredients.
Taking Andrographis extracts or nutritional supplements may benefit Primary Glioblastoma patients on Temozolomide treatment over Nutmeg nutritional supplements. But, taking nutritional supplements Andrographis may benefit healthy individuals who are at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene TP53 over Flaxseed. But avoid nutritional supplements Andrographis when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene.
The takeaway being – cancer, genomics, treatments and other personalized factors will influence decision making to questions like: Are extracts or nutritional supplements Andrographis beneficial and should be taken? Why should Andrographis be not taken? Who should not take Andrographis? What are side effects of Andrographis with chemotherapy? What are the benefits of Andrographis for cancer? Can Andrographis help fight cancer and so on.
Whenever there are changes in chemotherapy treatments or cancer tissue genetics – the nutrition may change and hence needs to be re-evaluated. Do consider factors like cancer indication, ongoing chemotherapy treatments and nutritional supplements, age, gender, weight, height, lifestyle and genetics for personalization of nutrition.
Use of nutritional supplements – vitamins, herbs, minerals, probiotics, and other specialty categories are increasing. Supplements are high concentrations of active ingredients which are also found in different foods. Difference between supplements and foods being that foods contain more than one active ingredient at much lower concentrations. Every active ingredient in an extract or nutritional supplement or food has a unique mechanism of action which can influence nutrition decisions.
These are some example questions which nutrition planning should help answer for you. Should you take supplements Andrographis? Should you take it when at genetic risk of cancer for mutation of gene TP53? Should you take it when at genetic risk of cancer for mutation of gene? Should you take it when diagnosed with Primary Glioblastoma? Should you take it when on Temozolomide treatment? Should you continue taking it if you change your treatment from Temozolomide? So a general explanation like – it is organic and plant-based or it increases immunity is not sufficient information for making a decision of use of Andrographis extracts and nutritional supplements.
Genetic variations across cancer patients can be different and hence no two cancers are alike. The improved availability of “personalized to genetics” chemotherapy treatments and cancer disease monitoring via blood and saliva have been significant factors to improve outcomes. The earlier the lifestyle and treatment intervention – the better the influence on outcome. Genetic testing has the potential to assess cancer risk and susceptibility early. But for at-risk individuals besides regular monitoring in most cases there are no therapeutic treatment intervention options available. After diagnosis with cancer such as Primary Glioblastoma, the treatments get personalized to tumor genomics and factors like staging of disease, age and gender. During cancer remission (after treatment cycle is complete) – monitoring is used for assessment of any relapse and accordingly decide on next steps. A large majority of cancer patients and those at-risk may take nutritional supplements like Andrographis.
So the question is that are all genetic risks and cancer indications to be considered uniformly when making decisions on the use of Andrographis extracts or nutritional supplements? Are the biochemical pathway implications of genetic risk for cancer due to mutation of gene TP53 the same as due to mutation of gene? Are the implications of Primary Glioblastoma the same? Is it one and the same if you are on treatment with Temozolomide?
Andrographis – An Extract or Nutritional Supplement
Andrographis is herbal supplement used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is also known as Indian echinacea. The benefits of consuming Andrographis supplements are :
- Shows antimicrobial activity ( Prajjal K Singha et al, Fitoterapia., 2003)
- Decreases fatigue in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (J C Bertoglio et al, BMC Neurol., 2016)
- Reduces inflammatory bowel disorder (S C Ng et al, Aliment Pharmacol Ther., 2013)
- Possesses anticancer properties (Cheng-Gang Jiang et al, Anticancer Res., 2007)
- Shows antiviral properties (C Wiart et al, Phytother Res., 2005)
Andrographis supplements contain many active ingredients including Andrographolide at different concentration levels. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Andrographis include MAPK Signaling. These biochemical pathways directly or indirectly regulate specific cancer molecular endpoints like growth, spread and death of cancer cells. Because of this biological regulation – for cancer nutrition, the right choice of supplements like Andrographis individually or in combination is an important decision to be made. When making decisions on the use of supplement Andrographis over other nutritional supplements – do consider all these factors.
Who Should not take Andrographis Supplements and Why?
There is no easy way to answer the question “For which cancers should I not choose Andrographis nutritional supplements”. Just like the same chemotherapy treatment does not work across patients, for similar reasons Andrographis in comparison with other nutritional supplements may be beneficial or not. Along with which cancer and associated genetics – the ongoing treatments, lifestyle habits, height, weight and food allergies are all factors in deciding if Andrographis should be avoided or not and why.
1. Will Andrographis Supplements benefit Primary Glioblastoma Patients undergoing Temozolomide Treatment?
Primary Glioblastoma is characterized and driven by specific genetic mutations like TRBV7-7, TAS2R46 and TP53 leading to biochemical pathway changes in MAPK Signaling, Cell Cycle Checkpoints and Apoptosis. A cancer treatment like Temozolomide works through specific pathway mechanisms. The goal is to have a good overlap between the treatment and cancer driving pathways for a personalized approach. In such a condition any food or nutritional supplement which supports treatment action or improves the overlap should be considered. As an example, Andrographis supplements should be considered for Primary Glioblastoma along with the treatment Temozolomide. Andrographis supplement impacts pathways/processes like MAPK Signaling which either obstruct drivers of Primary Glioblastoma and/or improve Temozolomide treatment effect.
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2. What about Andrographis Supplements for Healthy Individuals with TP53 Mutation associated Genetic Risk?
TP53 is one of the genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. TP53 mutation causes biochemical pathways/processes like MAPK Signaling, Cell Cycle Checkpoints and Apoptosis to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Andrographis supplements may be considered when the genetic panel identifies mutations in TP53 for Lung Cancer. Andrographis impacts pathways/processes like MAPK Signaling and creates a canceling effect in those individuals with TP53 mutation.
* Other Factors are also included like BMI, Treatments, Lifestyle Habits
It is important to remember that cancer chemotherapy treatments and nutrition are never the same for everyone. Food and nutritional supplements like Andrographis are chosen by you and can influence outcomes.
“What should I eat?” is a commonly asked question by cancer patients and those at-risk. The answer to this question depends on cancer indication, underlying genetics, current chemotherapy treatments, food allergies, lifestyle information, and food preferences.
The addon.life approach to nutrition personalization uses knowledge of active ingredients contained in foods and nutritional supplements, cancer biology, chemotherapy treatment action and genetic mutation prevalence across cancer indications. addon.life team of clinicians, clinical scientists and engineers are experts in cancer biology focusing only on nutrition personalization for cancer patients and those at-risk.
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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- Andrographolide derivatives inhibit guanine nucleotide exchange and abrogate oncogenic Ras function.
- Andrographolide inhibits tumor angiogenesis via blocking VEGFA/VEGFR2-MAPKs signaling cascade.
- Tracking tumour evolution in glioma through liquid biopsies of cerebrospinal fluid.
- cBioPortal for Cancer Genomics
- MEK-ERK signaling dictates DNA-repair gene MGMT expression and temozolomide resistance of stem-like glioblastoma cells via the MDM2-p53 axis.
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