Diet in NF is very interesting to me, most of what I have read is specific to just general cancer avoidance or to NF1 but I am sure it could be relevant to NF2 as well.
I've read several anti-cancer books and by far the best was this one....informative and easy to read. They also have a cookbook out but I haven't seen it yet.http://astore.amazon.ca/webelements03-20/detail/0771011350
The book discusses all of the well known tumor fighters...quercitin, reversatol, catechin, curcumin...after reading the book I researched all of these compounds and was truly amazed at the shear volume of studies which have shown their anti tumor potential. Catechin has been looked at specifically with respect to NF. Here is one of the studies on that. http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=6178&title=Tumors%20in%20Mice%20Delayed%20by%20Red%20Wine%20Component,%20Study%20Shows
Catechin is a component of red wine and also green tea. My guess would be that alcohol causes a certain amount of oxidative stress though so I should think the tea might be the route to go. IMO. There was a study just this week that shows that the benefits of green tea are increased by adding citrus. Here is the article on that.http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/448539/study_citrus_juice_vitamin_c_boosts.html
Just wondering if you also knew that curcumin has a great deal of cancer research behind it...there have been problems with getting a good absorption rate, but I emailed a Doctor at MD Anderson who said that they have found a solution to that and will be doing curcumin and NF2 trials sometime in 2008 or 2009.
All of the flavanoids are compelling. One that hit the news this week was Silibinin which is found in milk thistle, this study found it was helpful with liver cancers but it has also been looked at with respect to glioma cells.
Here is the wikipedia definition.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silibinin
Here is the recent article.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071114111149.htm
Here is the work which might be applicable to NF.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=17804742&dopt=AbstractPlus
These are just some of the things that popped into my head when I saw your thread. I'll let you do your own research...there was a recent study about NF1 that said those patients were more likely to be affected by oxidative stresses so my best guess would be that as you plan your diet you might want to think....anti-oxidants, polyphenols, flavanoids, and a healthy chemical free environment. Hey, it can't hurt right! Besides the big known NF pharmaceutical company has patented some things like green tea extract, and such, so there may well be something to it.
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