What are the best vitamins for cancer patients during chemo?
Recent cancer research indicates that intravenous (IV) use of vitamin supplements after a cancer diagnosis may help alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. These side effects include fatigue, insomnia, anemia, loss of appetite, nausea, and pain. Improvements in physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning, as well as an improvement in overall health, have been noted.
Also interesting is that studies on “complementary medicine” show that high doses of vitamin C can also have effects on some types of cancer directly, which we will touch on in this article.
High-dose vitamin C for cancer treatment, can it help?
IV vitamin therapy is the fastest and most effective method of introducing vitamin C, mineral supplements, and other essential nutrients to your body.
Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps create collagen, is commonly found in foods such as oranges, grapefruit, papaya, peppers, and kale as well as dietary supplements. When given by IV infusion, the nutrient reaches high levels in the blood immediately rather than after traveling through the digestive system.
What are the best vitamins and supplements to take during chemotherapy?
Some healthcare professionals believe that antioxidants may help to protect normal cells without interfering with the effectiveness of cancer therapy. Antioxidants can protect cells against free radicals that can cause damage.
Make sure to talk to your oncologist before beginning any vitamin supplementation.
There are several “best” vitamins to take while on chemotherapy. The contents of our vitamin drips are adjusted based on the individual patient’s needs. A balanced diet can provide all the base-level nutrients a body needs, but some conditions and medications (such as cancer treatment) can negatively impact your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Depending on what your body needs, the following vitamins and nutritional supplements may be contained in your IV drip:
Vitamin C Megadosage
A term describing an amount of Vitamin C far beyond the daily amount of vitamin C recommended by the government. Vitamin C may also reduce the toxicity of cancer treatment.
Cancer drugs for breast cancer and prostate cancer can also weaken your bones. Your healthcare provider may recommend you take calcium and vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis.
Vitamin D3 (also known as cholecalciferol) and D2 (ergocalciferol) are also being studied by oncologists for cancer prevention.
Cancer cachexia is extremely challenging for your care team to treat. But there is evidence that omega-3-fatty acids can be helpful with this condition.
Whole grains are a good source of B vitamins. The B family of vitamins assists in many essential functions of the body, but research on their interaction with cancer varies.
Studies have suggested vitamin B12 combined with B6 can reduce cancer risk, but other studies have shown an increased risk of colorectal or lung cancers. Always check with your oncologist before beginning any vitamin supplementation.
Antioxidant supplements such as coenzyme Q10, selenium, and vitamins A, C, and E can help to prevent cell damage.
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin found in food and marketed as dietary supplements. It has been connected to the prevention of cancer growth.
Also, did you know that an estimated 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? Patients undergoing cancer care are often unable to drink enough water and find IV therapy works wonders for improving their hydration.
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that’s known to repair DNA.
Carotenoids (for example beta-carotene, lycopene, selenium, and lutein) are antioxidants, that may help protect you from cancer risk.
NOTE: Always talk to your oncologist before taking IV or any other vitamin therapies. Cancer therapy researchers have found no association between multivitamin use and survival outcomes. Iron supplements are also contraindicated.
Research from the Journal of Clinical Oncology has suggested that the use of antioxidant supplements during or before chemotherapy is associated with worse outcomes and increased risk of recurrence for some cancers. Always consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any vitamin supplementation.
Benefits of IV Vitamin C cancer treatment
Think of IV vitamin C this way: it’s your wrecking crew. Put simply, vitamin C beefs up the body’s immune system and may boost effectiveness of some cancer treatments. Our immune system is constantly waging battle against foreign invaders and vitamin C gives it a powerful boost.
Vitamin C improves quality of life. In studies from the 70s, results show that large doses of vitamin C (10 g / day injected intravenously for 10 days followed by at least 10 g / day orally indefinitely) increased the well-being of patients and quality of life.
Have any laboratory or animal studies been done using high-dose vitamin C?
Yes, laboratory studies have looked at tumor cells with vitamin C to examine the anti-cancer effects. Laboratory and animal studies are done on animals before a substance is tested in humans. These tests are performed to see if a drug procedure or treatment is safe and effective.
These laboratory studies suggest that mega-doses of vitamin C do have the capacity to help kill cancer cells.
Is high-dose Vitamin C approved by Federal Drug Administration (FDA)?
No, the FDA does not make regulatory decisions on dietary supplements.
Why trust IV Vitamin Therapy to help you relieve your chemotherapy symptoms?
IV Vitamin Therapy is located in an upscale boutique-style medical office. After consulting with a physician, you will be prescribed a single nutrient or a cocktail of nutrients depending on your health history and goals. Sessions typically take between 20 and 60 minutes, and patients are conscious for the entire procedure. After the initial painless pinprick of a needle at the site of injection, the nutrients flow into the bloodstream.
Dr. David Nazarian is board certified in internal medicine and highly trained in the field of traditional and alternative medicine. He has been utilizing vitamin replacement therapies in conjunction with other treatment modalities to treat a variety of medical illnesses and conditions for over 10 years.
Our medical office follows strict guidelines and standards to ensure each patient receives the highest quality sterile vitamins compounded from the best pharmacies only. IV Vitamin Therapy’s IV drip clinic utilizes only the very best vitamins purchased only from the best pharmacies and thus ensures that it has gone through a set of sterile processes, and quality assurances that meet our highest standards.
Our medical doctors and nursing staff ensure a sterile environment is kept at all times and IV vitamin catheters used are of the highest quality. Our physicians are available to consult with you before your IV vitamin therapy and suggest which therapy may be the best for you. In addition, we have an in-house laboratory as well as state-of-the-art equipment should you want or require further testing and medical workup.
We are confident that if you have received IV vitamin treatments in the past at other places you will recognize the difference between our vitamins, our facility, and our practice.
Where can I get IV vitamin therapy near me?
Busy? We’ll come to you. Many of our clients who prefer to receive injections in the privacy of a home or office can choose our popular concierge house call service for mobile IV.
IV Vitamin Therapy is conveniently located in Beverly Hills and can come to your home or office throughout the Los Angeles area. We serve patients near Beverly Hills, Bel Air, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Culver City, Hollywood, Venice, Marina del Rey, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Downtown Los Angeles, Encino, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, Burbank, Glendale, Hidden Hills, Agoura Hills, Northridge, North Hollywood, Topanga, Canoga Park, Reseda, Valley Glen, Chatsworth, West Hills, Winnetka, Universal City, Silverlake, Echo Park, and many more.
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