Cancer, arthritis patients advised to eat more avocados
By DANIEL DANIEL
Cancer patients attending chemotherapy sessions in Thika have been encouraged to increase their avocado intake as they are beneficial during such sessions.
Jane Macharia, a nutritionist at Thika Level Five Hospital said during chemotherapy sessions, the body is likely to lose an essential antioxidant known as glutathione.
Reduced glutathione levels in the body can make healthy cells vulnerable to chemotherapy damage, she said.
"Avocados are a rich source of glutathione. If chemotherapy is reducing the glutathione storage in the body, eating at least two avocados a day will help you get the antioxidant back," said Macharia on Thursday in her office.
Macharia who termed avocado as a 'super-wonder fruit', said they are not just essential for cancer patients but also arthritis patients.
"Avocado oil combined with natural vegetable extracts slow down the advancement of arthritis and ease the symptoms. We note that many elderly people who are the most vulnerable to arthritis leave avocados to children yet they are the ones who are supposed to benefit most from them," she said.
The nutritionist asserted that the ability of avocado fats to absorb other nutrients when combined with other food makes it the best accompaniment to any meal for all, whether sick or healthy.