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EPA Omega-3 May Help Cancer Patients Save Muscle Mass
Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy - April 14, 2009
Omega-3 fatty acid EPA may help save muscle mass in cancer patients undergoing surgery.
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) given to patients with cancer
decreased weight loss and increased muscle mass during a stressful surgery and recovery. A double blind study
of 53 patients with cancer waiting for esophagus removal were randomly assigned to a treatment group, which
received EPA for 5 days prior to surgery, or a control group, which did not receive the EPA.
The treatment group also received EPA daily for 21 days after surgery. The cancer
surgery patients that received the EPA maintained weight and muscle mass after the surgery. The cancer surgery
group that did not receive the EPA lost significant amounts of muscle mass.
EPA is one of the essential omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. Researchers gave a
concentrated and highly purified form of the EPA. This allowed an EPA dose that was much higher than that found in
Reference Source: Ann
Surg. 2009 Mar;249(3):355-63
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Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy helps his clients
improve their health by using natural products, tests and self care. He writes special reports on
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