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Lactoferrin may help preserve sense of taste in chemotherapy patients

October 9, 2013 by Works with Water

US scientists are investigating whether lactoferrin products may help preserve the sense of taste in people undergoing cancer treatment.

Around half of people having chemotherapy experience changes in their ability to taste, many commonly reporting a persistent and unpleasant bitter taste.

It’s thought that the drugs used during treatment may damage taste buds by increasing inflammation.  Whilst normal taste does return, it can take several months.

Patients in the US are now being given a supplement of bovine lactoferrin, a naturally occurring protein found in milk and bodily fluids such as tears and breast milk.  In several clinical studies, Lactoferrin has long been cited for it’s anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties in limiting the growth of acne bacteria and assisting in the growth of damaged skin cells.

It’s very positive to consider that Lactoferrin might play an even more important role in the body’s immune system by helping accelerate the return of the sense of taste in those undergoing cancer treatment.

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