I am taking green tea extract in capsule form, anywhere from 100 – 300 mg per day, which my oncologist recommended. He said they are discovering great things about green tea at Mayo Clinic in terms of fighting cancer. I asked him about Essaic tea last week (the same as Flor-Essence), but he advised against as he was afraid it might interfere with the chemo. A woman in my town who has lung cancer thinks the Essaic Tea is helping her.
I also asked about Milk Thistle but he advised against it, again because he was concerned it would interfere with chemo. He also had me quit taking Mushroom Extract, Folic Acid Mouthwash, and N-Acetyl-Cistine for the same reasons.
I had been doing large doses of Vitamin C earlier this year and my oncologist said this could actually promote tumor growth as it cleans up the exhaust or by-products of tumors. As the large doses of C made me very flatulent, I was happy to give that up!
I also take CoEnzyme Q10 and Omega 3 Fish Oil as well as a multivitamin and Vitamin B-6. The B-6 is to deal with side effects of Xeloda.
I am not undergoing chemo yet, but I’m trying to figure out how to strengthen my immune system in the meantime. I try to drink green tea daily – and did before my diagnosis – and I just began drinking Flor-Essence tea, recommended as a detox from a friend whose daughter has a brain tumor. Since I’ve just begun using it, I don’t know that it will make a difference, but since the liver filters so much in our bodies, I figure it’s worth a try.