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Whey protein: a supportive tool in recovery from cancer

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is frightening and intimidating news. Yet with treatment and determination, the battle can be won. It’s been shown that proper nutrition is an important element toward successfully navigating the journey back to health. Experts recommend a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains and limited consumption of red meats. They’re also cognizant of the challenges that arrive with cancer treatment, which include a reduced appetite.

That’s where whey protein can help. Research has shown that it can be a valuable part of a cancer patient’s recovery efforts. It’s condensed nutrition that can help patients maintain muscle mass. More, whey protein has proven benefits toward immunity as well as anticancer properties.

Cancer patients face significant risk of declining muscle mass during chemotherapy. Muscle loss sets forth a host of potential dangers. Declines could lead to an increased rate of postoperative infections, delayed recovery after surgery and higher risk of treatment toxicity. Ultimately, it could negatively impact quality of life and lessen the chances of survival.

Whey protein supplementation can reduce the risk of muscle decline among those undergoing treatment. Protein is the foundation of muscle. Whey protein is high in leucine, a branched chain amino acid that’s key to initiating muscle protein synthesis. A study found that malnourished, advanced cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy had improved body composition, strength weight and lesser chemotherapy toxicity after three months of whey protein supplementation.

Muscle health is only one concern associated with cancer recovery. Evidence has shown that immune suppression associated with cancer contributes to the progression of the disease. Whey protein has been proven to support immunity, and by way of the same processes, appears to have a cancer-fighting role.

It’s rich in cysteine and methionine, which are converted to glutathione (GSH) at the cellular level. The GSH antioxidant system is the foremost protective mechanism of the cell and crucial to the immune response. Whey protein has been shown to be an effective and safe cysteine source for GSH replenishment during depletion in immune deficiency. Animal experiments showed that whey proteins exhibited anticancer activity by increasing GSH concentration in relevant tissues.

BiPro RENEW™ is recommended by dietitians and was created to support health and healing among those with special nutritional needs. It’s a cold-filtered, 100% whey protein isolate and free of fillers and hormones. Each serving provides 23 grams of protein and optimal leucine content for muscle repair. Easy to digest and absorb, RENEW is an ideal whey protein option for those on therapeutic diets.

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