Daytona News Journal on Nutronco, Dr. Acs, and PowerOnco

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Nutrition vs Treatment

New Supplement May Be The Answer For Chemo Patients

By Nikki Ross

nikki.ross@news-jrnl.com

06/25/2018

As if chemotherapy isn’t hard enough on its own, patients who undergo this course of cancer treatment also have the added struggle of maintaining a nutritious diet.

Now these patients have access to a nutritional supplement specifically designed to give them the nutrients they need when they find it hard to keep down their meals.

“This is the baby we have been working on for two years,” said Dr. Peter Acs, founder and chief medical officer for Nutronco.

The goal for the supplement, Poweronco, is to improve nutrition, rebuild muscle, support the immune system, decrease inflammation and overall to help with chemotherapy side effects. The product was developed and produced by the emerging nutrition company Nutronco.

“It bothered me to see patients struggle to find a nutritional product that they could keep down,” said Acs, who also is a board-certified hematologist and oncologist.

“I had been wanting to do something like this for years and now it’s here.”

Poweronco is a chocolate flavored powder that chemotherapy patients can mix in six to eight ounces of water once or twice a day.

It costs $99.99 for a one month supply which equals $3.75 per serving. It can be purchased on Nutronco’s website. They are hoping to soon have it available in nutritional stores.

“This is something that they can drink easily because it dissolves nicely in the water,” said Hayes Milani, CFO of Nutronco.

“It’s filling but we also always recommend taking it with a healthy diet.”

Milani and Acs stress that Poweronco is not an alternative treatment though it does help patients tolerate their chemotherapy treatment better then those who don’t take it.

“The main thing for patients undergoing chemotherapy is to eat well and maintaining weighing during treatment,” said Padmaja Sai, hematologist and oncologist at Florida Hospital. “If they are not really getting enough nutrients through their diet then we recommend patients take some nutritional supplements.”

There are several factors that contribute to nutritional deterioration in chemotherapy patients.

The treatment causes cells to stop multiplying in the body, even the good ones.

Patients who undergo chemotherapy may be subject to bed rest and, according to Acs, patients on bed rest lose 10 percent of muscle mass per week.

“Fifty to 80 percent of cancer patients have nutritional issues,” Aces said.

“Forty percent of cancer patients die from malnutrition or cachexia.”

The supplement contains ingredients that help to combat the negative side effects of chemotherapy treatment. It has nucleotides that boost the immune system, help with healing and decreases the chance of infection.

It also contains probiotics that help with the development and stability of the good bacteria in the body, strengthens the immune system and prevents the chemotherapy side effect of diarrhea.

“I don’t see anything wrong with it as long as it ties into everything else we mentioned maintaining a healthy lifestyle, organic diet, no smoking and limited alcohol intake,” Sai said. “As far as I know there is no other nutritional supplement that caters to chemotherapy patients.”

Prebiotics also have been added to the supplement to give good bacteria the surface to grow. Ginger and other ingredients are also there to reduce nausea. It also includes protein. “Many oncologists will be skeptical,” said Dr. Michael Epitropoulos, oncologist, chiropractic and natural medicine physician.

“They have checked for a reaction between the ingredients and the chemotherapy and found that it will not harm treatment like other supplements.”

Acs said his main goal in developing this supplement is to help chemotherapy patients have a more positive outcome. “This is to help them take some control over their nutrition,” Acs said. “And to help them fight against cancer.”

For information on Nutronco and their products, visit nutronco.com.

To contact Dr. Peter Acs, call 352-672-4403.

To contact Hayes Milani, call 352-278-2526.

To contact Dr. Michael Epitropoulos, call 386-274-2520.

Whey Based Supplements

Benefits of Whey-Based Supplements

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Whey-based diets have been linked with prolonged life expectancy and improved physical performance. These observations based on numerous clinical and simulated studies are attributed to diverse biological activities of whey peptides. Whey has been characterized to be excellent nourishment with an array of bioactive components. In fact, it is considered as the richest source of bioactive peptides. Whey protein comprises 20 % of total milk protein and it is rich in branched chain and essential amino acids, functional peptides and immunoglobulins. It confers benefits against a wide range of metabolic diseases such as cardiovascular complications, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, cancer and phenylketonuria. The protein has been validated to boost muscle recovery from resistance exercise-injuries, stimulate gut physiology and protect skin against detrimental radiations. Nutronco’s supplement is based on the highest quality whey protein. Our whey isolate is Non-GMO, identity preserved and purified by a proprietary ion exchange method to the highest level. It has a DIAAS value of 110, meaning it provides 110 % of the amino acid requirements specified by the FAO/WHO. It is carbohydrate free, fat free and rich in branched chain amino acids with the highest leucine content of any known protein necessary for muscle protein synthesis.

 

Peter Acs, MD, PhD – Medical Oncologist

Updated 11:00 AM ET, Friday June 22, 2018

Breast cancer and Muscle mass

Breast Cancer Survival is Linked to Muscle Mass

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In a recent study, scientists found that breast cancer patients with decreased muscle mass may have a significantly higher risk of death compared to patients without it. This study, titled “Association of Muscle and Adiposity Measured by Computed Tomography with Survival in Patients With Nonmetastatic Breast Cancer” was published in JAMA Oncology on April 5, 2018*. They examined 3,241 women from Kaiser Permanente of Northern California and Dana Farber Cancer Institute of Harvard Medical School between January 2000 and December 2013. Very importantly, these patients did not have metastatic cancer but rather were diagnosed with stage II or stage III breast cancer that are potentially curable. According to their results, muscle characteristics appear to be important predictors of survival for those who have breast cancer. Patients who had decreased muscle mass were 41 percent less likely to have survived than those who did not. Patients with the highest amount of body fat were also linked to an increased mortality risk. Patients who had both were 89 percent more likely to have died. At Nutronco we have been emphasizing the utmost importance of nutrition and especially protein intake to help rebuild and maintain muscle mass in cancer patients. This is the largest study to date of patients with nonmetastatic breast cancer, and it demonstrated that decreased muscle mass (sarcopenia) is underrecognized, highly prevalent, and is associated with a significant increased risk of death. The authors of the study concluded that we should consider interventions to improve muscle mass such as protein supplementation. Our PowerOnco supplement provides high quality pure protein with high amount of branched chain amino acids, especially leucine, that has been shown to be the most powerful booster of muscle mass.

*Caan BJ, Cespedes Feliciano EM, Prado CM et al.  Association of Muscle and Adiposity Measured by Computed Tomography with Survival in Patients With Nonmetastatic Breast Cancer. JAMA Oncol 2018 Apr 5.

 

Peter Acs, MD, PhD – Medical Oncologist

Updated 7:00 PM ET, Thursday June 21, 2018