How do you protect your brain from chemotherapy?
Yesterday, I told you about a chemo side effect known as chemobrain. As the name suggests, it’s cognitive impairment. It 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?
The answer may be very simple. Conventional doctors will howl. But it’s not THEIR brain, it’s yours.
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 Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D., 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 via IV. 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.
Aging 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.
And your brain will thank you later.
You can find glutathione easily online. And you can locate doctors in your area who provide NAC and other nutritional therapies via IV. Just check the Find a Doc feature here on our HSI website.
“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