If you are experiencing cancer weakness or fatigue, you are not alone. About 50% of all cancer patients experience some form of fatigue. Symptoms can include anything from general weakness to more serious conditions like appetite, weight, and muscle loss. Extreme life threatening symptoms like this are called cancer cachexia. Once a patient reaches the point of cancer cachexia, merely increasing calories and eating more has no effect. This condition can quickly spiral out of control and become deadly if left untreated.
Furthermore, advanced cancer patients have a 30% more chance in developing this lethal condition then other cancer patients. This makes it extremely important to become proactive and prevent symptoms from getting worse in the first place. So here are some natural solutions that can help you stay ahead of just about any cancer weakness or fatigue you experience.
Lack of energy, tiredness, and general cancer weakness can all be treated with whey protein. A mixture of whey protein that includes cysteine, albumin and lactoferrin is effective in treating moderate to mild cancer fatigue. In addition, whey protein not only treats cancer fatigue but also helps with treatment compliance and quality of life. A whey protein shake is a simple and quick way to fight cancer fatigue. Studies used 10 to 20 grams of whey protein per day to see positive results.
Protein Plus Leucine.
Muscle loss is extremely dangerous when undergoing cancer treatment. For the most part, no conventional treatments are available to help cancer patients combat muscle loss at this time. However, studies show simple casein and whey protein combined with leucine (Amino Acid) stimulated muscle protein synthesis. It’s important not to forget the addition of leucine since protein alone has still yet to prove effective for muscle wasting. Using either of these without the other might render this treatment useless.
Fish Oil & Omega 3.
Not only does fish oil protect the immune system like i mentioned in my last article, but it can also fight cancer weight loss as well. Fish oil is capable of preventing cancer related weight loss and even stimulates weight gain. This is extremely beneficial for cancer patients that have already been battling weight loss for some time. Fish oil is effective for both prevention and treatment of cancer weight loss. Alternatively, microalgae oil can be used if mercury and dioxin contamination is of concern.
It almost seems like I find a new use for curcumin on a daily basis and today is no different. Curcumin has a number of positive effects on the body and now we can add “reversing cancer weight loss” to the list. However, while curcumin did in fact increase body weight in colorectal cancer patients, it did not do the same for advanced pancreatic cancer patients. The reason for this is yet to be determined but might be due to the type of cancer or stage of disease. Either way, look closely at both studies and judge whether curcumin is the right choice for you.