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For Which Cancer Types Should I Avoid Cumin Supplement?

Nov 18, 2022

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Nutritional supplements and extracts like Cumin 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 Cumin supplement and why should not take them?

Is it okay to take Cumin 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 Cumin extracts or nutritional supplements may benefit Primary Uterine Myxoid Leiomyosarcoma patients on Radiation treatment over Cordyceps nutritional supplements. But Cumin supplements or Cumin extracts offer less benefit if on Cisplatin treatment for Primary Urachal adenocarcinoma compared to Elecampane. Similarly, taking nutritional supplements Cumin may benefit healthy individuals who are at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene JAK2 over Calcium D-glucarate. But avoid nutritional supplements Cumin when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene HRAS.

The takeaway being – cancer, genomics, treatments and other personalized factors will influence decision making to questions like: Are extracts or nutritional supplements Cumin beneficial and should not be taken? Why should Cumin be not taken? Who should not take Cumin? What are side effects of Cumin with Cisplatin chemotherapy? What are the benefits of Cumin for cancer? Can Cumin 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.



Brief Overview

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.

Cumin supplement benefits for cancer patients

These are some example questions which nutrition planning should help answer for you. Should you take supplements Cumin? Should you take it when at genetic risk of cancer for mutation of gene JAK2? Should you take it when at genetic risk of cancer for mutation of gene HRAS? Should you take it when diagnosed with Primary Urachal adenocarcinoma? Should you take it when diagnosed with Primary Uterine Myxoid Leiomyosarcoma? Should you take it when on Radiation treatment? Should you continue taking it if you change your treatment from Radiation to Cisplatin? 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 Cumin extracts and nutritional supplements.

Cancer

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 Uterine Myxoid Leiomyosarcoma or Primary Urachal adenocarcinoma, 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 Cumin.

So the question is that are all genetic risks and cancer indications to be considered uniformly when making decisions on the use of Cumin extracts or nutritional supplements? Are the biochemical pathway implications of genetic risk for cancer due to mutation of gene JAK2 the same as due to mutation of gene HRAS? Are the implications of Primary Uterine Myxoid Leiomyosarcoma the same as Primary Urachal adenocarcinoma? Is it one and the same if you are on treatment with Cisplatin or Radiation?

Cumin – An Extract or Nutritional Supplement

Cumin is a seed from the herb called Cuminum cyminum and is commonly used as spice. Cumin is native to the area from the Eastern Mediterranean to Eastern India.They are packed with antioxidants such as flavonoids, alkaloids and phenols. Following are some of the potential health benefits of cumin:

  • May help in digestion
  • May reduce Inflammation
  • May reduce bad cholesterol
  • May help with weight loss
  • May help control blood sugar

Cumin supplements contain many active ingredients including Vitamin A, Linoleic Acid, Trans-trans-farnesol, Palmitic Acid and Beta-sitosterol at different concentration levels. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Cumin include DNA Repair, Cell Cycle Checkpoints, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling and Cytokine 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 Cumin individually or in combination is an important decision to be made. When making decisions on the use of supplement Cumin over other nutritional supplements – do consider all these factors.

Who Should not take Cumin Supplements and Why?

There is no easy way to answer the question “For which cancers should I not chooseCumin nutritional supplements”. Just like the same chemotherapy treatment does not work across patients, for similar reasons Cumin 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 Cumin should be avoided or not and why.

1. Will Cumin Supplements benefit Primary Urachal adenocarcinoma patients undergoing Cisplatin treatment?

Primary Urachal adenocarcinoma is characterized and driven by specific genetic mutations like NFE2L2, TP53 and GNAS leading to biochemical pathway changes in Oxidative Stress, Immune Checkpoints, Cell Cycle Checkpoints, Apoptosis, G-protein-coupled Receptor Signaling and Reproductive Hormone Signaling. A cancer treatment like Cisplatin 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, Cumin supplement should not be taken for Primary Urachal adenocarcinoma along with treatment Cisplatin. Cumin supplement impacts the biochemical pathway called Cell Cycle Checkpoints 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 Cumin Supplements benefit Primary Uterine Myxoid Leiomyosarcoma Patients undergoing Radiation Treatment?

Primary Uterine Myxoid Leiomyosarcoma is characterized and driven by specific genetic mutations like CTNNB1, RNF43 and ATM leading to biochemical pathway changes in Adherens junction, Androgen Signaling, DNA Repair and Cell Cycle Checkpoints. A cancer treatment like Radiation 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, Cumin supplements should be considered for Primary Uterine Myxoid Leiomyosarcoma along with the treatment Radiation. Cumin supplement impacts pathways/processes like DNA Repair which either obstruct drivers of Primary Uterine Myxoid Leiomyosarcoma and/or improve Radiation treatment effect.

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3. What about Cumin Supplements for Healthy Individuals with HRAS Mutation associated Genetic Risk?

Different companies offer panels of genes to be tested for assessing genetic risk to different cancers. These panels cover genes associated with cancers of the breast, ovary, uterus, prostate, and gastrointestinal system and others. Genetic testing of these genes may confirm a diagnosis and help guide treatment and management decisions. Identification of a disease-causing variant may also guide testing and diagnosis of at-risk relatives. HRAS is one of the genes generally available in panels for cancer risk testing.

HRAS mutation causes biochemical pathways/processes like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling and RAS-RAF Signaling to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Cumin should not be taken when the genetic panel identifies mutation of HRAS for Pheochromocytoma And Paraganglioma. Cumin impacts pathways/processes like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling and creates adverse conditions with HRAS.

4. What about Cumin Supplements for Healthy Individuals with JAK2 Mutation associated Genetic Risk?

JAK2 is one of the genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. JAK2 mutation causes biochemical pathways/processes like Cytokine Signaling, JAK-STAT Signaling and Immune Checkpoints to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Cumin supplements may be considered when the genetic panel identifies mutations in JAK2 for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms. Cumin impacts pathways/processes like Cytokine Signaling and creates a canceling effect in those individuals with JAK2 mutation.

* Other Factors are also included like BMI, Treatments, Lifestyle Habits

In Conclusion

It is important to remember that cancer chemotherapy treatments and nutrition are never the same for everyone. Food and nutritional supplements like Cumin 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.

Get started NOW with your nutrition planning by answering questions on the name of cancer, genetic mutations, ongoing treatments and supplements, any allergies, habits, lifestyle, age group and gender.

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Scientifically Reviewed by: Dr. Cogle

Christopher R. Cogle, M.D. is a tenured professor at the University of Florida, Chief Medical Officer of Florida Medicaid, and Director of the Florida Health Policy Leadership Academy at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

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