Can D-Ribose Help Cancer Survivors With Long-Term Side Effects of Treatment?
As has been said many times, cancer sucks. And not just because of the cancer itself, but also because of the treatment. A treatment that destroys cancer cells in many cases, which is good, but it often damages other parts of the body as well. It’s not always immediate either. Sometimes cancer survivors don’t see the side effects of toxic radiation and chemotherapy for years. Survivors can experience fatigue, heart disease, thyroid disease and other types of cancer years later.
Luckily for me, even after having had lymphoma several times, I’m still in relatively good shape. However, the whole treatment had a negative impact on me. For example, after radiotherapy to my chest, I suffered heart damage. Miraculously, I’m not exactly restricted on what I’m allowed to do, but my heart condition got me in trouble and required long hospital stays.
So, is there anything out there that can reverse any of the side effects of cancer treatment, or at least help survivors get stronger? Is there anything that could possibly support the heart after cancer treatment?
Well, I’m not a doctor, nor a medical professional. However, D-ribose, a natural sugar found in the body and in foods like beef, cheddar cheese, caviar, and poultry, has been shown to do amazing things for people with heart disease. One study found that people with heart disease who took a D-ribose supplement could exercise longer than others who did not, before experiencing chest pain.
D-ribose has also been shown in studies to help increase strength, prevent cramps, and help those with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). And since energy levels can be a major issue for those who have had cancer, D-ribose seems like a good option for some survivors, in my opinion.
Note that you should never start an exercise routine or start taking a supplement without talking to your doctor first. This is especially important if you have any medical conditions or are taking medication. That said, some doctors recommend taking 5-15 grams of D-ribose per day. Many will recommend taking 5 grams of the supplement three times a day. But again, please consult your doctor before taking any natural supplement.
Also, apart from taking any kind of supplements. Personally, getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating a healthy diet has helped me immensely with both my heart and my energy levels.