Vitamins and Supplements
I took and am still taking a fair amount of vitamins and supplements for my recovery but now that my cancer is gone, to remain healthy. Here is a list of them and why they are good for you. I purposely chose easily available off the shelf vitamins and minerals to cut down on the expense that should be available everywhere. I would suggest the Jamieson or the Webber brands. I have used Jamieson products for years and have complete trust in them. Webber came with very high recommendations.
During the 1930's scientists were using rats (they still do) to try out different food items and chemicals to see which ones were harmful but then a different method was suggested. Try taking out different things from the rats diet and see what happened. When they took magnesium out of the rats diet the results were fast and shocking! All the rats in this control group developed cancer or tumors! All the rats in this control group died. Magnesium is highly recommended for anyone, especially those battling cancer. Take one tablet a day.
Vitamin B Complex
There are eight necessary B vitamins we all should have. The best way to get these is through a B complex vitamin rather than buying each one individually. Buy the 50 milligram size. One tablet a day is recommended for everyone.
Vitamin B12 is a very important vitamin for anyone on a restricted diet such as the Ketogenic diet. It is involved in the cellular metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. It is essential in the production of blood cells in bone marrow, nerve sheaths and proteins. Exclusive vegetarians often don't get enough B12 but if you eat fish, chicken and eggs this will give you sufficient B12 along with the vitamin B complex you will be taking.
There is a small amount of folic acid in B vitamin complex but when fighting cancer or PREVENTING cancer its a good idea to take an extra supplement. Folic acid helps your body produce and maintain new cells, and also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer. They come in 1 mg tablets. One a day with lots of water is the normal way to take it.
Vitamin C is found in high concentrations in immune cells, and is consumed quickly during infections. It is not certain how vitamin C interacts with the immune system; it has been hypothesized to modulate the activities of phagocytes, the production of cytokines and lymphocytes, and the number of cell adhesion molecules in monocytes. 5,000 milligrams per day (5 X 1,000 milligrams) is suggested for people battling cancer. Since the diet forbids no fruit because of sugar and glucose content and is the usual source of vitamin C then a supplement of Vitamin C is strongly recommended.
A calcium supplement is suggested. Many people do not get enough. A minimum dose is 1,000 mg a day but younger people (under 30) could use more as that is the bone growing years. After the age of 30 we start losing bone mass so this makes it more important to take a supplement. Important note! Your body can absorb only 500 mg at any one time so split your calcium intake to twice or more a day depending on dosage. This will probably mean splitting the tablet and taking half in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. 1,000 mg is suggested, more for younger people under 30 and menopausal women should up their intake to 1,500 mg per day. Calcium needs vitamin D and Magnesium to help absorption but since you are already taking both then a straight Calcium supplement is fine although you can buy the type that has vitamin D and/or magnesium combined with it.
Vitamin D is produced naturally in the skin when exposed to sunlight for 15-20 minutes a day. In northern climates this may not be practical all year around therefore a supplement is strongly suggested. Vitamin D3 is the best vitamin D to take when battling cancer because vitamin D3 is the vitamin that is produced in the skin when exposed to sunlight.
Vitamin D appears to have effects on immune function. It has been postulated to play a role in influenza recovery with lack of vitamin D synthesis during the winter as one explanation for high rates of influenza infection. For viral infections, other implicated factors include low relative humidities produced by indoor heating and cold temperatures that favour virus spread. Low levels of vitamin D appear to be a risk factor for tuberculosis, and historically it was used as a treatment. For people battling cancer a dosage of 5,000 milligrams of Vitamin D3 a day is suggested. (5 X 1,000 milligrams)
As an antioxidant, vitamin E acts as a peroxyl radical scavenger, preventing the propagation of free radicals in tissues, by reacting with them to form a tocopheryl radical which will then be reduced by a hydrogen donor (such as Vitamin C) and thus return to its reduced state. As it is fat-soluble, it is incorporated into cell membranes, which protects them from oxidative damage. Get the Jameison or the Webbers brand as they contain four more types of vitamn E than just the most common one type. Be sure to take with food as vitamin E is fat soluble. I take all my vitamins in one shot right after breakfast except for calcium that I divide in half between the morning and afternoon.
Potassium ions are necessary for the function of all living cells. Potassium ion diffusion is a key mechanism in nerve transmission, and potassium depletion in animals, including humans, results in various cardiac dysfunctions.
There is a section on this site about the selenium protocol where 2,000 micrograms a day are suggested but in conjunction with the Ketogenic Anti-cancer Diet such a high amount is not necessary. 1,000 micrograms a day is suggested but this one is optional as the ketogenic diet does quite well on its own. Read the section on the selenium protocol in the main menu selection "Other Protocols." Taking 200 micrograms a day as a cancer preventative is suggested for everyone whether fighting cancer or not. I still take 200 micrograms a day for cancer prevention.
Iodine is a vitally important nutrient that is detected in every organ and tissue and many if not most people are deficient in this nutrient. In the U.S. iodine used to be added to bread but that practice has mostly been discontinued. Canada adds iodine to common table salt as decades ago it was found that most people were lacking in iodine and adding it to salt was the easiest way to get it into peoples bodies. Along with being essential for healthy thyroid function and efficient metabolism, there is increasing evidence that low iodine is related to numerous diseases, including cancer. Iodine is sold in health food stores in a little dropper bottle. All that is needed is one drop in a small glass of water once a day, preferably in the morning. For more information click here.
Naturopaths have been using milk thistle as a liver detoxifier for over 2,000 years. Take it for the amount of time you will be taking coffee enemas is a good rule. Coffee enamas are strongly suggested at the start of the diet as your body will have a lot of toxins to get rid of. There is a separate section on coffee enamas in the main menu.
Among all the vitamins and minerals, zinc shows the strongest effect on our all-important immune system. Zinc plays a unique role in the T-cells. Low zinc levels lead to reduced and weakened T-cells which are not able to recognize and fight off certain infections. An increase of the zinc level has proven effective in fighting pneumonia and diarrhea and other infections. Zinc can also reduce the duration and severity of a common cold. Zinc is normally sold in 25 mg tablets. One a day should do it.
Use sea salt rather than plain table salt and be sure its REAL sea salt. Real sea salt is off white in colour and may even have some residue in it which is dried sea weed. Sea salt also contains amounts of hundreds of trace elements that are good for all around better health. You can buy bleached sea salt but DO NOT buy. Its useless and is about the same as regular salt.