Hi! I’m Rene Schliebs and I’m a Clinical Nutritionist and Medical Herbalist. I’ve been consulting in private practice for over 13 years. As well as seeing people who have been diagnosed with cancer, I specialise in women’s health, hormones and fertility. I have a deep passion for helping people to optimize their health. Being diagnosed with cancer is a time to really look after your health and wellbeing to support the cancer fighting and recovery process. I’ve listed some of my top nutritional and supplemental gems for cancer therapy. Of course the type of cancer will determine which supplements are specific to you and their appropriate dosages.

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This information is not intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your chosen medical practitioner for individual care before starting any regime.

Rene’s top nutrients and herbs for cancer support

  • Co Enzyme Q10
    • An absolute for assisting in tumour growth reduction improving energy and boosting immune function. Co enzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant and levels are often depleted in cancer patients. Supplementation has been shown to reduce the side effects of conventional cancer treatment.
  • Echinacea
    • There are so many amazing herbs that I use to support immune function and reduce inflammation but Echinacea is on the top of my list! Echinacea may assist the immune system by acting as an antimicrobial, antiviral and lymphatic tonic. It is a wonderful all round immune system booster. This herb must be prescribed under the guidance of a qualified Medical Herbalist.
  • B - Complex
    • Energy reserves are often taxed during cancer diagnosis and therapy. Taking a good quality B-complex can greatly help to support energy production and lower stress levels. A deficiency of any of the B-vitamins may increase the chances of mutagenesis and therefore supplementation is recommended.
  • Vitamin D3
    • Vitamin D hugely influences our genes and plays a role in cancer prevention in the body. Ideally levels will sit between 100-150 nmol/L. Anything lower than this is not ideal for cancer sufferers. It is essential to have your blood levels checked regularly and supplement according to these guidelines.
  • Magnesium
    • Magnesium is required for over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. It is specific to energy production within the mitochondria of all of your cells. Tumours can deplete the body of vital minerals especially magnesium. It is required for glutathione production and hugely supports the liver’s detoxification processes. Magnesium is also relaxant, relieves anxiety and promotes good quality sleep.
  • Green Tea Polyphenols and Turmeric
    • Medi Herb Vitanox Tablets are a fantastic little combination of potent antioxidant extracts such as green tea, turmeric, rosemary and grape seed extract. This combination may assist in the reduction of inflammatory markers associated with cancer cell growth. (Available through your qualified practitioner)
  • Brassica family vegetables
    • Broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower should be eaten liberally alongside vitamin C rich fruits such as kiwifruit, berries, and oranges. Brassicas contain powerful antioxidants called indole-3-carbinol, which has been shown to suppress metastasis in breast cancer. (Indole-3-carbinol supplements are available through your qualified practitioner)
  • Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
    • A diet rich in omega 3 fish oils can help to decrease inflammation and this may also help to decrease tumor growth. Conventional treatment of cancer such as surgery and radiotherapy can induce further inflammation and therefore supplementation with a high potency EPA/DHA fish oil is highly recommended.

During Chemotherapy:

  • Lemon Juice added to water helps to remove accumulated toxins from the liver. Aim for 2-4 L water daily. You may also add thinly sliced lemon peel to salads. This must be organic and water should be filtered.
  • Apple cider vinegar may be drunk before meals to aid in digestion. Digestion can be hugely compromised with any cancer. Add one teaspoon to a little water as an aperitif. Apple cider vinegar has an antacid property once consumed making the body more alkaline.
  • Grated fresh ginger in warm water helps with nausea during chemotherapy.
  • Take a good probiotic to support the digestive system and include fermented foods in your diet such as coconut kefir, miso soup and fermented vegetables.

For more in depth and tailored advice please contact Rene directly [email protected]