EPA provides benefits for chemotherapy patients

People with cancer often lose weight and muscle mass, and cancer treatments can reduce appetite and total nutrition.

In one study, 40 people with the most common type of lung cancer (non-small cell), who were undergoing chemotherapy, took 2,200 mg of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) from fish oil per day, or no omega-3 supplements.

After 10 weeks, the EPA group had lost an average of 1.6 pounds compared to 5 pounds for the non-EPA group. They also maintained muscle mass while the non-EPA group lost over 2 pounds of muscle.

Doctors said that EPA slowed the loss of body weight, maintained muscle and holds great promise for treating cancer-related malnutrition.

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