THE ART OF WAR ON CANCER
Science of the Fight
FightBack Foods combines the following delicious, 100% organic ingredients that contain naturally-occurring phytochemicals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories with side-effect moderating benefits. This combination of ingredients is crucial to fight inflammation, free radicals and nausea. Each bite provides nutritionally dense calories to fuel the body and to optimize its own ability to metabolize treatments and medications, while combating a compromised immune system.
Clean, natural nutrition can be an effective tool in fighting cancer, maintaining healthy weight and supporting the metabolism before, during and after cancer treatments and surgery. Be informed, as research and knowledge are your greatest assets in fighting cancer. Please see more information and samples of published medical research about each of our ingredients below.
Natural Nutrition: Protein, Heart-Healthy Fats, Phytonutrients (Plant Sterols & Flavonoids), Fiber
Vital Vitamins: B2 (Riboflavin), B17, E
Meaningful Minerals: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus
Relevant Research: Studies show nutrients found in almonds can battle different types of cancer cells. Studies also show that a powerful natural element found in an almond’s brown skin fights off cancer cells. Regular consumption of almonds significantly decreases chances of breast and prostate cancers and Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) in almonds is known to prevent cancer cell proliferation. Almonds are rich in fiber, monounsaturated fats and calcium, and altogether work against the development of colon cancer.
Natural Nutrition: A beta carotene (carotenoids), lutein and zeaxanthin (anti-inflammatory), protein, fiber. The main flavonoids (antioxidants) in apricots are chlorogenic acids, catechins, and quercetin. Here are a few of the important antioxidant nutrients or nutrient groups found in apricots: Quercetin, Proanthocyanidins, Catechins, Epicatechins, Hydroxycinnamics, Gallic acid, Caffeic acid, Coumaric acid, Ferulic acid.
Vital Vitamins: A, B6 (Pyridoxine), C and E
Meaningful Minerals: Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium
Relevant Research: Apricots are full of phytonutrients from flavonoids and phenolic acids. Studies show that dried fruits specifically have antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties which hold promise for cancer chemoprevention. The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive activities of dried fruits can be attributed to polyphenols and vitamins. Regular consumption helps a body get rid of toxins that our bodies collect over time. Antioxidants in turn also kill free radicals that damage our cells.
Natural Nutrition: Piperine (Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, & Increases Absorption of Curcumin 2,000%)
Vital Vitamins: A, B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folic Acid), C, K
Meaningful Minerals: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Phosphorous, Zinc
Relevant Research: Black pepper is rich in a plant compound called piperine. Importantly, piperine promotes the efficient absorption of Calcium, Selenium and compounds found in Matcha Green Tea and Turmeric (curcumin), all known to have their own cancer-fighting properties. Studies have documented the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and positive immune system impacts of spices, with the potential to prevent and treat several cancers, including lung, liver, breast, stomach, colorectum, cervix, and prostate cancers.
Natural Nutrition: Ascorbic acids, polyphenols (hydroxycinnamic acids), carotenoids, salicylic acid, flavonoids (anthocyanins), dietary fiber.
Vital Vitamins: B6 (Pyridoxine), C, E and K.
Meaningful Minerals: Iron, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
Relevant Research: Resveratrol and flavonoids present in blueberries have potential to improve cancer treatment efficacy and radiation therapy for some cancers. Research also shows dried blueberries have anti-cancer benefits related to breast, colon and esophageal cancers, and cancer of the small intestine. The AICR finds “probable evidence that foods with dietary fiber DECREASE the risk of colorectal cancer and cancers of the aerodigestive tract (mouth, pharynx, nasopharynx, esophagus, lung, stomach, colorectal)”.
Natural Nutrition: Heart-Healthy Fats (Omega-3 Fatty Acids), Protein, Fiber.
Vital Vitamins: E and several B complex vitamins like B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), and B9 (Folate).
Meaningful Minerals: Selenium, Copper, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc
Relevant Research: Studies have shown that Selenium* has the great potential to fortify the immune system and to protect it against bacterial and viral infections. Brazil nuts also leverage the many other vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals present to promote a healthier body and functions (such as Thyroid), which are altogether critical in the fight against any cancer. Some studies suggest that regular dietary consumption of tree nuts (almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, others, etc.) may prevent or reduce some types of cancer recurrence and mortality.
* The expression “too much of a good thing” can potentially apply to Brazil Nuts and Selenium, so don’t over-do-it … eat in moderation! A single Brazil nut usually has 68-91 mcg (micrograms) of Selenium, which is as high as 1.5x your 55 mcg RDA. Studies suggest that consuming no more than a few (4-5) Brazil nuts/day provides for a reasonable 14 year old + adult “upper limit” (UL) of Selenium at 400 mcg. As a reference, a sleeve of FB Bites (4 bites) contains a max. of approximately 1.5x Brazil nuts (125 mcg of Selenium) or 230% RDA. This 31% (125 mcg of 400 mcg) is well within the teen/adult daily upper limit guideline of 400 mcg of Selenium.
Natural Nutrition: Antioxidants (Flavanols & Polyphenols), Fiber
Vital Vitamins: B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), E, K,
Meaningful Minerals: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Zinc
Relevant Research: Studies show antioxidants found in dark chocolate might inhibit some types of cancer cell growth and proliferation, and might promote cancer cell death. Studies also show cocoa products (absent all added sugars/fats) demonstrate potential for preventative and beneficial health effects against oxidative stress and chronic inflammation, risk factors for cancer and other chronic diseases. Naturally occurring bioactive and chemical compounds present in cocoa show potential in the fight against cancer!
Natural Nutrition: Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant (CGA - Chlorogenic Acid & Caffeine), Anti-Carcinogenic, Energy (Caffeine)
Vital Vitamins: Trace B Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9), E
Meaningful Minerals: Trace Minerals (Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc)
Relevant Research: Studies show caffeine found in coffee beans may provide several protective health benefits. Studies also show that antioxidants abundantly present in coffee may suppress some types of cancer cells. The concentration of chlorogenic acid (CGA) present may combat inflammation. As studied, CGA also shows potential for improving metabolic function related to healthy processing of glucose (sugars) and lipids (fats), which when present in high amounts are also associated with greater instances of cancer.
Natural Nutrition: Antioxidants, Anti-Inflammatory and Anti- Carcinogenic from Flavonoids, Carotenoids and Phenolic Acids. Dietary Fiber.
Vital Vitamins: A, B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folate), K
Meaningful Minerals: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium
Relevant Research: Dates are high in nutrients and fiber, and exhibit many beneficial health upsides, ranging in potential from improved digestion to prevention, reduced risk and treatments of chronic diseases like cancer. Studies indicate likelihood of many health benefits associated with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-tumor activities. Studies in general have found regular consumption of dried fruits can potentially reduce risks of several cancers, including pancreatic, prostate, stomach, bladder, and colon.
Natural Nutrition: Gingerol (Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant). Anti-Nausea
Vital Vitamins: Trace Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C)
Meaningful Minerals: Trace Minerals (Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc)
Relevant Research: Studies indicate Ginger root powder may help reduce severity of acute and delayed Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV); adverse effects in patients receiving high emetogenic chemotherapy. Evidence also suggests the ginger derived compound (-gingerol) exhibits cancer chemopreventive effects and impacts different steps of the metastatic process and on various cancer cell types. Chemoprevention provides for use of natural or synthetic substances to prevent cancer initiation or progression.
Natural Nutrition: Omega-3 (ALA) and Omega-6 (GLA) Fatty Acids, Protein, Fiber
Vital Vitamins: A, B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folate), C, and E
Meaningful Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc
Relevant Research: Hemp seeds are a rich source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a polyunsaturated fatty acid (omega-6) known to have anti-inflammatory effects. Studies also indicate that a healthy ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids found in hemp seeds work together to reduce inflammation. Additionally, Hemp seeds are known to have many nutritional properties, including the presence of CBD (Cannabidiol), a cannabinoid studied to be associated with promoting certain health benefits, including the fight against cancer.
Natural Nutrition: Polysaccharide, Gluten-free, non-GMO, Dietary Fiber (Fructan)
Vital Vitamins: Negligible
Meaningful Minerals: Negligible
Releveant Research: Inulin studies found potentially positive cancer-fighting effects, including improved stool consistency after abdomen radiotherapy and an increased production of butyrate (butyric acid) in the small intestine, produced by “friendly gut bacteria” (Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli). These bacteria aid digestion and can fend off unwanted pathogens (bad bacteria), prevent infection and stimulate an immune system, which may help to control tumor cell proliferation and apoptosis (cancer cell death).
Natural Nutrition: Glucosinolates, Polyphenols, Fiber, Energy
Vital Vitamins: B6 (Pyridoxine), C
Meaningful Minerals: Copper, Iron, Potassium, Manganese
Relevant Research: Maca is an Andean plant with dense nutritional properties that may promote natural antioxidants in the body, such as glutathione and superoxide dismutase. Antioxidants help fight off free radicals, which can damage healthy cells in a body. Studies have shown maca root’s potential as an adaptogen and appears to be promising as a nutraceutical in prevention of several diseases. Maca has also been purported to have potential to treat cancer, some tumor entities and to improve stamina in cancer patients.
Natural Nutrition: Antioxidants (Polyphenols), Energy
Vital Vitamins: B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6 (Pyridoxine), C, E
Meaningful Minerals: Manganese, Zinc, Other Trace Minerals (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, chromium, and copper)
Relevant Research: Studies of Matcha green tea (MGT) show great potential for significant anti-cancer properties. Results indicate MGT compounds are sufficient to inhibit propagation of breast cancer stem cells (CSCs). Studies also suggest that green tea has anti-proliferative, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and chemo-preventive effects. Studies express a key component of green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), behaves as a powerful polyphenol antioxidant, which has anti-tumor effects against breast cancer cells.
Natural Nutrition: Mogrosides (Antioxidant & Anti-Inflammatory), Relieve Mouth-Sores and Reduce Phlegm
Vital Vitamins: Not Available in Extract
Meaningful Minerals: Not Available in Extract
Relevant Research: Monk Fruit (luo han guo) is a small fruit grown in Asia. Studies show Monk Fruit can fight fatigue and potentially prevent cancer, thanks to its significant antioxidant activity, which prevents DNA damage. The fruit’s mogrosides are said to be anti-inflammatory and keep blood sugar levels stable, in addition to cancer prevention. Most sweeteners can cause side effects such as gas, bloating, or allergic reactions, whereas studies show there are no known side-effects associated with monk fruit sweetener.
Natural Nutrition: Menthol (Painkiller), Antioxidants, Fiber
Vital Vitamins: A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folates), C, E, K
Meaningful Minerals: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Zinc
Relevant Research: Studies of peppermint oil detail powerful anti-inflammatory results, driven by plant-derived chemical compounds known for antioxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties. It is naturally rich in essential oils, vitamins and dietary fiber. Studies also show peppermint oil has analgesic (pain-killer), local anesthetic and counter-irritant properties and contains high levels of polyphenols and hydroxycinnamic acid content (mostly rosmarinic acid), known for cancer-fighting potential.
Natural Nutrition: Phytochemicals, Rosmarinic Acid (Phenolic Antioxidant), Essential Oils (Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Allergic, Anti-Fungal, and Antiseptic and Dietary Fiber; Rosemary is Nature’s preservative.
Vital Vitamins: A, B2 (Riboflavin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folates), C,
Meaningful Minerals: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium
Relevant Research: Rosemary studies show the powerful potential of phyto-chemical compounds present for both prevention and treatment of cancer. Rosemary polyphenols were observed to induce chemopreventive effects. Rosemary Extract (RE), Carnosic Acid (CA) and Rosmarinic Acid (RA) have all shown potent and effective anticancer properties. Rosemary extracts exhibit many beneficial biological bioactivities, such as hepatoprotective, antifungal, insecticide, antioxidant and antibacterial, each important to fight cancer.
Natural Nutrition: Phycocyanin (Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory), Protein, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Vital Vitamins: B1( Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin)
Meaningful Minerals: Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, other micronutrients.
Relevant Research: Studies of spirulina platensis (SP), planktonic blue-green algae, are showing why SP is gaining increasing attention because of its super nutritional (e.g. protein comparable to eggs) and medicinal potential. This microalgae contains phycobiliproteins (phycocyanin and allophycocyanin) and studies show that C-phycocyanin (C-PC), a biliprotein found in Spirulina platensis (blue green algae) has a powerful potential of phyto-antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous and anti-tumorous properties.
Natural Nutrition: Curcumin (Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory), absorption increased 2,000% by Piperine in Black Pepper), Anti-Nausea, many phytonutrients.
Vital Vitamins: C
Meaningful Minerals: Iron, Manganese, Potassium
Relevant Research: The polyphenol curcumin (most powerful curcuinoid) is main active ingredient in turmeric. Studies show it may both treat and prevent cancer. It exhibits anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, medical properties, anticancer and anti-tumorous activities and may be as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs with no side-effects. Evidence suggests curcumin can suppress tumor initiation, promotion and metastasis. Studies also show consuming black pepper (piperine) enhances curcumin absorption by 2,000%.
Natural Nutrition: Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fats, Antioxidants (Flavonoids), Protein, Fiber
Vital Vitamins: B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folate), E
Meaningful Minerals: Copper, Manganese, Phosphorus
Relevant Research: Studies show regular consumption of walnuts have beneficial effects against oxidative stress mediated diseases such as cancer. Walnuts contain several phenolic compounds (Juglans regia L.) which likely contribute to their biological properties. Study results strongly indicate that walnuts are an excellent source of effective natural antioxidants and chemopreventive agents. Although results are inconclusive, recent studies show possible cancer protective effects of nuts, and specifically walnuts.
WHEY PROTEIN - 90% Isolate
Natural Nutrition: Protein
Vital Vitamins: Negligible
Meaningful Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium
Relevant Research: Whey protein is an acceptable protein source for lactose-intolerant people. Studies show whey protein is a top protein for quality, efficiency and digestibility, naturally rich in branched and essential amino acids, functional peptides, antioxidants and immunoglobulins. Whey protein studies show benefits against metabolic diseases (cancer, cardiovascular complications, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and phenylketonuria) and that it might render certain tumor cells more vulnerable to chemotherapy.
Disclaimer: While the organic ingredients contained within FightBack Foods® have been studied to determine their practical potential for having anti-cancer properties and directionally beneficial nutrition, we do not provide medical claims or advice in this regard. If you have or suspect you have a medical issue, we recommend you consult with your trusted physician, oncologist, pharmacist, holistic adviser, or other licensed healthcare professional of your choice.
Research: Obviously, food choices and diet are critical to a healthy everyday life, and even more so when fighting cancer at any stage. Now, after a decade of cancer-specific nutrition research and our own FightBack Foods® products development, we are more convinced than ever that intentional nutrition is imperative for any cancer battle. Importantly, our research over the past decade drove us to appreciate more than ever that naturally occurring nutrients found in a variety of foods, can greatly assist in the battle against cancer.
Thus, we have attached primarily PUBMED sourced information about each ingredient used in our first product - FightBack Foods® Bites, and some of the relevant research that rationalizes each one’s use in our products. Even if you don’t buy our bites, please see the many benefits associated with each ingredient we use, and perhaps find some way to incorporate them into a daily diet with relevant nutrients necessary to assist in anyone’s fight against cancer.
PUBMED: PubMed is a free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics. The United States National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health maintains the database as part of the Entrez system of information retrieval. (As defined by Wikipedia)