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Multivitamins May Reduce Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy
Multivitamins. Yes, those humble multivitamins are totally capable of some great things.
Maybe they’re not all that flashy. They don’t get heavily marketed.
But, they sure have their uses.
And, the latest one just got published in Oxford Academic. You’re certainly free to read the study itself there.
Or, you can read the quicker, simpler version with all the highlights right here.
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN for short) refers to a set of symptoms affecting your extremities:
Diminished ability to feel hot and cold
While these symptoms make life quite unpleasant, they’re certainly preferable to simply allowing cancer to run its course. They can appear any time during the use of chemotherapy, and their effects can be permanent.
Currently, other treatments for CIPN symptoms are limited. So, it’s quite a big deal multivitamins have been linked to reducing the symptoms of CIPN.
How the Study Worked
1,225 breast cancer patients went on paclitaxel, a common chemotherapy drug. The 1,225 participants filled out questionnaires regarding their use of supplements and and multivitamins before and at the time of their diagnosis. Another questionnaire was supplied 6 months into treatment.
Patients who used multivitamins before diagnosis experienced slightly less severe symptoms. And those who began multivitamin use during the treatment also experienced mildly reduced symptoms.
The study concluded that it was not a specific vitamin within the multivitamin that led to improvement of the symptoms. And it also, by its own admission, could not prove it was the multivitamin itself that caused the improved symptoms. It could also have been the personal commitment of the patients to a healthy lifestyle that led to such improvement.
What You Can Do
Despite the fact of the inconclusive nature of the study, it represents progress. You certainly only help yourself by adding a multivitamin to your diet and maintaining an otherwise healthy lifestyle.
So for now, you know that much.
And in the future, this study sets the stage for testing specific supplements on CIPN to see if any have positive effects.
Medical research is slow. But at least you can come away with stronger confidence that committing to a daily multivitamin and living a healthy lifestyle benefits you in more ways that you could ever possibly realize.