Friday, May 19, 2006

Thymus Damage From Chemotherapy

The thymus is another important organ that could be damaged from chemotherapy. The thymus helps t-cells mature. If the thymus is not functioning properly, GVHD appears. See Weinberg, Kenneth "Factors affecting thymic function after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation"

Some natural ways to increase thymic function is through the use of zinc. Once zinc binds to one of the thymic hormones the hormone activates and t-cells begin to mature.

Things like diarrhea deplete zinc, therefore, could deplete the thymus function.

Foods rich in zinc are calf liver, beef tenderloin, roasted lamb, venison, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, low fat cow milk yogurt, boiled green peas, raw crimini mushrooms. Other sources are whole grains, split peas, lima beans, sardines, anchovies, haddock, turnips, potatoes, egg yolk, almonds, walnuts and garlic.

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