Nutritional supplements and extracts like Wintergreens 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 Wintergreens supplement and why should not take them?
Is it okay to take Wintergreens 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 Wintergreens extracts or nutritional supplements may benefit Primary Cervical Neuroendocrine Tumor patients on Cisplatin treatment over Dandelion nutritional supplements. But Wintergreens supplements or Wintergreens extracts offer less benefit if on Vemurafenib treatment for Primary Erdheim Chester Disease compared to Cinnamon. Similarly, taking nutritional supplements Wintergreens may benefit healthy individuals who are at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene MLH1 over Citrus Bioflavanoid. But avoid nutritional supplements Wintergreens when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene RET.
The takeaway being – cancer, genomics, treatments and other personalized factors will influence decision making to questions like: Are extracts or nutritional supplements Wintergreens beneficial and should not be taken? Why should Wintergreens be not taken? Who should not take Wintergreens? What are side effects of Wintergreens with Vemurafenib chemotherapy? What are the benefits of Wintergreens for cancer? Can Wintergreens 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 Wintergreens? 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 RET? Should you take it when diagnosed with Primary Erdheim Chester Disease? Should you take it when diagnosed with Primary Cervical Neuroendocrine Tumor? Should you take it when on Cisplatin treatment? Should you continue taking it if you change your treatment from Cisplatin to Vemurafenib? 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 Wintergreens 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 Cervical Neuroendocrine Tumor or Primary Erdheim Chester Disease, 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 Wintergreens.
So the question is that are all genetic risks and cancer indications to be considered uniformly when making decisions on the use of Wintergreens 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 RET? Are the implications of Primary Cervical Neuroendocrine Tumor the same as Primary Erdheim Chester Disease? Is it one and the same if you are on treatment with Vemurafenib or Cisplatin?
Wintergreens – An Extract or Nutritional Supplement
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), also known as Eastern Teaberry, Checkerberry, or American wintergreen, is an aromatic herb with evergreen leaves which produces red fruits, native to North America. The leaves and fruits of this herb are edible with similar flavors to mint. The leaves and oil from Wintergreen are considered to have medicinal properties. Wintergreen oil may have aspirin like properties as it contains methyl salicylate as one of its active ingredients. Hence, its topical application may provide an analgesic effect. However, oral intake of Wintergreen oil is considered to be unsafe. 5 ml of wintergreen oil may be equivalent to around 20 adult aspirin tablets. The leaves of Wintergreen may be consumed in the form of herbal tea tea or food. Wintergreen fruits are also considered to have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. (Piotr Michel et al, Food Funct., 2020) However, Wintergreen supplements need to be taken in the right dose to avoid any toxicity and side effects.
Wintergreens supplements contain many active ingredients including Salicylic Acid, Vanillic Acid, Ursolic Acid, P-coumaric Acid and Methyl Salicylate at different concentration levels. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Wintergreens include Cell Cycle Checkpoints, MAPK Signaling, Oxidative Stress and Mismatch Repair. 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 Wintergreens individually or in combination is an important decision to be made. When making decisions on the use of supplement Wintergreens over other nutritional supplements – do consider all these factors.
Who Should not take Wintergreens Supplements and Why?
There is no easy way to answer the question “For which cancers should I not chooseWintergreens nutritional supplements”. Just like the same chemotherapy treatment does not work across patients, for similar reasons Wintergreens 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 Wintergreens should be avoided or not and why.
1. Will Wintergreens Supplements benefit Primary Erdheim Chester Disease patients undergoing Vemurafenib treatment?
Primary Erdheim Chester Disease is characterized and driven by specific genetic mutations like MAP2K1, ARAF and ARID5B leading to biochemical pathway changes in Angiogenesis, RAS-RAF Signaling, MAPK Signaling and Suppressive Histone Methylation. A cancer treatment like Vemurafenib 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, Wintergreens supplement should not be taken for Primary Erdheim Chester Disease along with treatment Vemurafenib. Wintergreens supplement impacts the biochemical pathway called MAPK Signaling 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 Wintergreens Supplements benefit Primary Cervical Neuroendocrine Tumor Patients undergoing Cisplatin Treatment?
Primary Cervical Neuroendocrine Tumor is characterized and driven by specific genetic mutations like ABHD6, STOX1 and PDZD4 leading to biochemical pathway changes in Cell Cycle Checkpoints. A cancer treatment like Cisplatin 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, Wintergreens supplements should be considered for Primary Cervical Neuroendocrine Tumor along with the treatment Cisplatin. Wintergreens supplement impacts pathways/processes like Cell Cycle Checkpoints which either obstruct drivers of Primary Cervical Neuroendocrine Tumor and/or improve Cisplatin treatment effect.
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3. What about Wintergreens Supplements for Healthy Individuals with RET 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. RET is one of the genes generally available in panels for cancer risk testing.
RET mutation causes biochemical pathways/processes like Oxidative Stress and Growth Factor Signaling to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Wintergreens should not be taken when the genetic panel identifies mutation of RET for Thyroid Cancer. Wintergreens impacts pathways/processes like Oxidative Stress and creates adverse conditions with RET.
4. What about Wintergreens 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 Mismatch Repair to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Wintergreens supplements may be considered when the genetic panel identifies mutations in MLH1 for Colon Cancer. Wintergreens impacts pathways/processes like Mismatch Repair 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 Wintergreens 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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