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Two Dietary Supplements Every Ovarian Cancer Patient Should Know About

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Marianne, as a Stage II ovarian cancer patient, wanted to do everything she could to prevent the nasty side effects associated with her cancer treatment.

After reviewing her case, I suggested two dietary supplements for her.

Suggestion #1: Glutamine

Glutamine helps with bone regulation and encourages the growth of stem cells.(1) If bone marrow is suppressed, treatment may need to be stopped. Glutamine can be used to support bone growth and it’s safe to take during treatment.

How much?

Between 3-10 mg per day during treatment is sufficient.

When I worked at a national cancer center, we recommended a glutamine powder that was easy to take and packed the punch that patients needed.

Suggestion #2: Melatonin

Melatonin treatment for 60 days had the potential to decrease ovarian tumor size and prevent the spread of ovarian cancer.(2) Other studies found that melatonin potentially boosted the cancer killing capacity of cisplatin.(3)

How much?

Therapeutic and safe doses of melatonin range between 3-20 grams for up to three months. Melatonin can cause drowsiness, so take before bedtime.

One investigation found a quarter of melatonin products contained serotonin, some at potentially significant doses which requires medical supervision. I recommend this high quality OTC melatonin.

Final note: Please be sure to check with your health care team prior to adding any dietary supplements to ensure they are safe and not contraindicated for you!

Research cited:

1. Stem Cells Intl, Sep 2019
2. PLos One, 2013
3. J Pineal Res, 2012
4. JCSM, Feb 2017