For female cancer survivors the quality of life is improved by a natural nutritional supplement, reveals study.
Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center presented the findings at the 2011 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago.
Kathryn M. Greven, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Wake Forest Baptist, first learned of the supplement, called ArginMax for WomenTM, from a small study conducted at Stanford University that found that it improved sexual function.
Sexual dysfunction is prevalent in female cancer survivors, so Greven set out to see if the supplement could produce the same benefit in this population.
She found that while taking the supplement did not result in any improvement in sexual function for female cancer survivors, the supplement did improve their overall quality of life.
"The group taking the supplements experienced significant improvement in overall quality of life, particularly physical well-being," Greven, the lead investigator on the study, said.
"Bothersome symptoms such as lack of energy, pain, nausea, and sleeplessness were all improved, as were measures of functional well-being, for example the ability to perform normal activities at home or work.
"Simply, they reported a greater enjoyment of life, without any additional side effects from the supplement," she stated.
ArginMaxTM is made from a patented formula containing a proprietary blend of L-arginine, ginseng, ginkgo, and 14 vitamins and minerals noted for boosting energy and circulation and optimising hormonal balance.
Greven said the findings have sparked interest among researchers about whether the supplement could improve quality of life and energy levels for other populations, as well.