Fish oil may help cancer patients fight muscle wastage

Omega-3 rich fish oil supplements may help cancer patients to prevent the muscle loss and malnutrition which commonly accompanies chemotherapy, according to new research.

The study, published in Cancer, found that patients supplemented with 2.2 grams of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) per day maintained weight, muscle mass, and adipose tissue throughout approximately 10 weeks of chemotherapy, despite having a mean weight loss of 6.3 percent over the previous 6 months.

In the same time, patients receiving standard treatment with no supplementation were found to loose an average of 2.3 kilograms.

“Fish oil may prevent loss of weight and muscle by interfering with some of the pathways that are altered in advanced cancer … This holds great promise because currently there is no effective treatment for cancer-related malnutrition,” said Dr. Vera Mazurak, from the University of Alberta, Canada, who led the study.

Read the complete article on acuatlanta.net

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

4 + 20 =

COVID-19 Announcement

To Our Acupuncture Atlanta Community

As Georgia starts to reopen, Acupuncture Atlanta is committed to providing quality care and helping you stay healthy in this environment defined by a new normal. Acupuncture at its core is a preventative modality and our practitioners are here to work with you and design a treatment plan that is suitable for your specific needs.

The clinic will resume treatments on May 7th with limited hours and new guidelines. Please check the Book Appointment page for available days and time slots, or call us. 

We will also be taking extra protective measures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff:

·      Provide disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers

·      Practitioners will wear protective masks and gloves

·      Use disposable paper sheets

·      Treatment tables and other surfaces will be sanitized after each patient.

·      Appointments will be spread out to allow time for sanitizing treatment rooms

·      Minimize the number of people waiting in the front lobby

 

Please check your appointment confirmations for specific instructions. Our commitment to keeping everyone safe and healthy is our top priority.