Oncology

Patient Recovery and Loss of Appetite

The loss of appetite is common among cancer patients particularly those with cancers of the GI tract, ovaries, and lungs. Appetite loss can be attributed to a condition known as “cachexia,” a metabolic change in the body, triggered by the cancer itself, and complicated by cancer treatments. Many of the drugs and treatments used to battle cancer, such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation treatments, are also linked to the loss of appetite. Side effects from the disruption of the GI tract such as dry mouth; mouth sores; issues with chewing or swallowing; and constipation can also trigger a significant reduction in appetite. Further appetite suppression comes from pain, fatigue and depression.

Unlike carbohydrates and fat, the body cannot store protein. Protein levels must be restored daily through ingestion. In as little as 3 days, without adequate protein intake, the body will begin to catabolize lean body mass (muscle tissue) to provide an energy source that allows the body to maintain basic metabolic functions. This leads to massive weight and strength loss, a compromised immune system, and increased toxicity levels from treatments.

Other than the patient, only the physician and their staff, can understand the devastating physical and emotional effects that come with a diagnosis of cancer. Maintaining a positive frame of mind and a healthy diet are two very important pieces in winning the battle. They also understand it’s a task that is much easier said than done.

Protein is also the key component of a healthy, functioning immune system. Immunity is perhaps the most important factor for patients that are fighting cancer and constantly trying to repair and recover from chemotherapy.

NutrePRO offers a solution to the issues faced by the oncology patient.

A single, 2oz foil pack, two to three times per day, will supplement daily protein intake, or lack of, with 40g to 60g of high-quality Whey Protein Isolate and Tryptophan fortified Hydrolyzed Collagen, both of which are COMPLETE proteins. Our collagen peptides are enzymatically hydrolyzed in a non-chemical process that pre-digests the protein allowing for maximum absorption and rapid uptake into the body with over 98% bioavailability. Instead of forcing the body to break down amino acids and then re-assemble those amino acids into enzymes, hormones, antibodies, etc., our hydrolyzed collagen peptides allow the body to skip that step. This is the fastest way to rejuvenate the body’s protein levels, treat injuries and illness, provide satiety, and help the body recover. NutrePRO contains high levels of the key amino acids responsible for a strong immune response.

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