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Lactoferrin Makes Food Taste Better for Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy

Lactoferrin Makes Food Taste Better for Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy

Iron is central to survival. As part of haemoglobin, it carries oxygen around the body. But excess levels have been linked to the development of cancer and to various sensory disorders. When a cancer patient embarks on a course of chemotherapy, he often develops a persistent metallic taste in his mouth that is thought to be caused by iron in his saliva. Realizing this, a team of researchers from Virginia Tech decided to test whether giving chemotherapy patients a substance that mops up free iron, which is naturally present in human tears, milk, bile and saliva, might bring back the patients’ normal sense of taste. Although their study is small, they report remarkable success. Read More...