Nutritional supplements and extracts like Hydroxytyrosol 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 Hydroxytyrosol supplement and why should not take them?
Is it okay to take Hydroxytyrosol 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 Hydroxytyrosol extracts or nutritional supplements may benefit Primary Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma patients on Docetaxel treatment over Coriander nutritional supplements. But Hydroxytyrosol supplements or Hydroxytyrosol extracts offer less benefit if on Radiation treatment for Primary Embryonal Carcinoma compared to Rye. Similarly, taking nutritional supplements Hydroxytyrosol may benefit healthy individuals who are at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene MLH1 over Peppermint. But avoid nutritional supplements Hydroxytyrosol 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 Hydroxytyrosol beneficial and should not be taken? Why should Hydroxytyrosol be not taken? Who should not take Hydroxytyrosol? What are side effects of Hydroxytyrosol with Radiation chemotherapy? What are the benefits of Hydroxytyrosol for cancer? Can Hydroxytyrosol 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 Hydroxytyrosol? Should you take it when at genetic risk of cancer for mutation of gene MLH1? Should you take it when at genetic risk of cancer for mutation of gene? Should you take it when diagnosed with Primary Embryonal Carcinoma? Should you take it when diagnosed with Primary Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma? Should you take it when on Docetaxel treatment? Should you continue taking it if you change your treatment from Docetaxel to Radiation? 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 Hydroxytyrosol 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
such as Primary Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma or Primary Embryonal Carcinoma, 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 Hydroxytyrosol.
So the question is that are all genetic risks and cancer indications to be considered uniformly when making decisions on the use of Hydroxytyrosol extracts or nutritional supplements? Are the biochemical pathway implications of genetic risk for cancer due to mutation of gene MLH1 the same as due to mutation of gene? Are the implications of Primary Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma the same as Primary Embryonal Carcinoma? Is it one and the same if you are on treatment with Radiation or Docetaxel?
Hydroxytyrosol – An Extract or Nutritional Supplement
Hydroxytyrosol is a phenolic compound commonly found in the fruits and leaves of the olive tree. It is considered to have many health benefits due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anticancer properties. (Lorena Martínez et al, Medicines (Basel)., 2018). It may also help prevent cardiovascular diseases (Chiara D’Angelo et al, Cells., 2020)
Hydroxytyrosol supplements contain many active ingredients including Hydroxytyrosol at different concentration levels. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Hydroxytyrosol include Angiogenesis, Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics, Oxidative Stress and Lipid Metabolism. 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 Hydroxytyrosol individually or in combination is an important decision to be made. When making decisions on the use of supplement Hydroxytyrosol over other nutritional supplements – do consider all these factors.
Who Should not take Hydroxytyrosol Supplements and Why?
There is no easy way to answer the question “For which cancers should I not chooseHydroxytyrosol nutritional supplements”. Just like the same chemotherapy treatment does not work across patients, for similar reasons Hydroxytyrosol 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 Hydroxytyrosol should be avoided or not and why.
1. Will Hydroxytyrosol Supplements benefit Primary Embryonal Carcinoma patients undergoing Radiation treatment?
Primary Embryonal Carcinoma is characterized and driven by specific genetic mutations like CAPN7, B3GNT8 and KNTC1 leading to biochemical pathway changes in Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics. A cancer treatment like Radiation works through a specific pathway mechanism of action. The goal is to have a good overlap between the treatment and cancer driving pathways for a personalized approach which is effective. In such a condition any food or nutritional supplement which has a contrary effect to the treatment or reduces the overlap should be avoided. As an example, Hydroxytyrosol supplement should not be taken for Primary Embryonal Carcinoma along with treatment Radiation. Hydroxytyrosol supplement impacts the biochemical pathway called Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics which either promotes drivers of the disease and/or nullifies the treatment effect. Some of the factors which should be considered when choosing nutrition are type of cancer, treatments and supplements being taken currently (if any
2. Will Hydroxytyrosol Supplements benefit Primary Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patients undergoing Docetaxel Treatment?
Primary Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma is characterized and driven by specific genetic mutations like FRG1BP, TP53 and PCDH11X leading to biochemical pathway changes in Angiogenesis, Cell Cycle Checkpoints and Apoptosis. A cancer treatment like Docetaxel 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, Hydroxytyrosol supplements should be considered for Primary Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma along with the treatment Docetaxel. Hydroxytyrosol supplement impacts pathways/processes like Angiogenesis which either obstruct drivers of Primary Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma and/or improve Docetaxel treatment effect.
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3. What about Hydroxytyrosol Supplements for Healthy Individuals with MLH1 Mutation associated Genetic Risk?
MLH1 is one of the genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. MLH1 mutation causes biochemical pathways/processes like Lipid Metabolism and Mismatch Repair to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Hydroxytyrosol supplements may be considered when the genetic panel identifies mutations in MLH1 for Colon Cancer. Hydroxytyrosol impacts pathways/processes like Lipid Metabolism and creates a canceling effect in those individuals with MLH1 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 Hydroxytyrosol 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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