Antioxidants May Prevent ‘Chemobrain’

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Previously, I told you about a condition called ‘chemobrain’ or post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment (PCCI) and how many doctors – even oncologists – are not familiar with it… and those who are… well, they’ll probably tell you it’s all in your head. So how do you protect your brain from chemotherapy?

As the name suggests, chemobrain is cognitive impairment, which includes poor memory, slow thinking, attention deficit, etc.

And the kicker: If you survive cancer, and if you survive chemo, the chemobrain effect may last for decades. That’s right. “Decades.” Plural.

So how can you protect your precious brain?

A clear win-win

Chemotherapy creates a severe free radical environment in your body. Many medical mainstreamers believe that this harsh approach is necessary for chemo to be effective. They claim that antioxidants subvert chemo’s mission.

Sorry guys. That’s just not so.

More than 10 years ago, cancer researcher Dr Ralph W. Moss, made the case… “The overwhelming mass of data accumulated so far supports the concurrent use of chemotherapy with dietary antioxidants.”

And here’s what that mass of data shows. Antioxidants minimize chemo side effects. They also ENHANCE the effectiveness of chemo.

You can’t get much more win-win than that. And that double win may include reduced risk of chemobrain.

Antioxidant-rich nutrient therapies are often given to cancer patients intravenously. And one of the ingredients commonly included in these therapies is N-acetyl cysteine
(NAC).

A few years ago, researchers tested NAC in rats given chemotherapy. Rats that received only chemo had lower memory scores compared to rats in the chemo-plus-NAC group.

The choice of NAC was not random. This amino acid stimulates production of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant. Researchers call glutathione “the great protector” for its immune system support. Studies show that it also helps reduce fatigue, muscle aches, and… brain fog.

Ageing depletes our natural stores of glutathione. Stress, caffeine, alcohol, and some drugs accelerate that process. So keeping levels high is important under the best conditions.

Under the worst conditions – when the body is under attack by chemotherapy –  glutathione support is essential.


Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

Sources:

“Antioxidants may Prevent ‘Chemo-Brain'” Natural Standard, 9/12/08, blog.naturalstandard.com

“Scientists Find ‘Chemo Brain’ No Figment Of The Imagination” Science Daily, 10/8/06, sciencedaily.com

“‘Chemo brain’ linked to neurobiological mechanism” HemOnc Today, 5/10/12, healio.com

“Ag, biotech giants pour millions into fighting initiative to label genetically modified food” Associated Press, 8/15/12, washingtonpost.com

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