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Which vitamins to take?

jazlady
Posts: 5
Joined: Jan 2004

Hi, I was diagnosis with ovca 8/04 and had 6 rounds of chemo. My ca125 went from > 3000 to 15. Right now I'm taking vitamins A, E, C and zinc. Anything else I should be taking?
Also a friend recommended Essiac. Anyone taking Essiac? Thanks for all your help, j

mopar
Posts: 1950
Joined: May 2003

You are on the right track! Here is my regimine, then you can decide for yourself. Of course, the immune system is the most important thing.Don't hesitate to take 3-4,000 mg of C a day. It is water soluble, which means it doesn't store in your body for very long. You need to replenish it periodically. Be sure to drink a lot of water daily. Vitamin E, be sure to get d-alpha tocopherYl. Do not get DL-ALPHA. That is synthetic. And try to take selenium with it. If you have never taken Vitamin E before, start slow, with a 200 mg tablet daily, then twice a day, then you can eventually work up to 600-1000 if you wish. I would not take vitamin A separately. A good multiple with A would be better, more balanced. Zinc is fine. Calcium/magnesium is also important, especially for women. I also take B-6 for my neuropathy. I only take 300mg daily. I would take no more than that because it is somewhat of a diruetic. I also take a product by Solaray called Maitake Mushroom. It is a combination of Maitake, Reishi and Shitake. It has cancer healing properties. I also drink a tea called Fluroessence from Flora. It has healing properties also. This, along with eating well (lots of water, good protein sources such as chicken, fish, omega 3's, veges, some fruits, LOW carbohydrates) and my exercise regimine (resistive training) has, I believe, kept me going. At the top of the list is our faith and my family. Sounds all like a lot, but it's really not if you get a good system going and just get into a routine. And, it's your life, so it's well worth it. At one time I also took L-glutamine for my neuropathy. It helped, so if this is an issue for you you might want to read up on the internet about it. Because I had a total hysterectomy, I use my weight training program to keep my estrogen low. In my case that is essential. I don't take hormones (can't), and doing this workout program has kept my CA-125 low for a long time. I also try to avoid soy products (including flax seed) because it does enhance estrogen.

Well, sorry I rambled. I'm glad to see you are really looking for EVERYTHING to help you. Everyone definitely needs a well-rounded approach, especially in our situation. Please let us know how you are doing. You'll be in my prayers!

jazlady
Posts: 5
Joined: Jan 2004

hi mopar, thanks for all the info, especially the stuff on vit A. Just wanted to mention, that I been taking fresh garlic everyday. Enjoy, j

mopar
Posts: 1950
Joined: May 2003

Great on the garlic! I love garlic anyway. Forgot to tell you about fiber - REALLY IMPORTANT! Pysllium is best. You can get a bag of ground psyllium at the health food store for about $5. It goes a long way. You can add it to anything. Start slow, maybe 1 Tbsp. a day for a while to see how you handle it.
Keep warm (depending on where you live!!)

steffie
Posts: 10
Joined: Dec 2003

hello ... thought i'd add my 2 cents worth. mopar is right on track. i also suggest potassium, if you can take it. calcium should be balanced with potassium and plenty of water. this helps you to avoid muscle cramps. along with 'regular' fiber, remember the soluable fibers as well. these are foods such as apples, oatmeal, bananas, brocolli, cauliflower, prunes, cabbage and lentils. dannon yogurt has a new product out. its called DanActive. it supposed to help with the immune system. exercise, or movement of any kind, is so important. i can't do too much resistence work yet; as i still have a catheter type port on the left side of body, but i try to be as active as it allows. i wish you the best. take good care and keep warm!

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