Method for the prevention and treatment of cachexia and anorexia

  • US 6,326,355 B1
  • Filed: 01/07/2000
  • Issued: 12/04/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/25/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of preventing the onset of cancer cachexia or treating existing cancer cachexia in a human, said method comprising enterally administering to the human on a daily basis a liquid nutritional matrix containing:

  • (a) an oil blend containing n-6 fatty acids and at least 450 mg of n-3 fatty acids, the weight ratio of n-6 fatty acids to n-3 fatty acids being from about 0.1 to about 1; and

    said oil blend provides from about 10% to about 35% of the total calories of said nutritional;

    (b) a source of amino-nitrogen wherein 15% to 50% by weight of the amino acids of said source of amino-nitrogen are branched-chain amino acids, and said source of amino nitrogen provides from about 12% to about 24% of the total calories of said nutritional;

    (c) an antioxidant component comprised of at least one nutrient selected from the group comprising beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, or mixtures thereof, and;

    (d) a source of carbohydrate providing from about 40% to about 65% of the total calories of said nutritional.

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