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Research by SAHMRI and the University of Adelaide, led by Dr. Courtney Cross, reveals that a supplement increasing fiber intake during chemotherapy can effectively reduce brain inflammation and related health problems, addressing a common side effect of chemotherapy.

Dietary fiber key in mitigating cerebral inflammation following chemotherapy

Dr. Cross said that in their study employing pre-clinical models, they discovered that the introduction of fiber supplementation results in notable improvements within the gut microbiome. Moreover, it exhibits promise in mitigating cerebral inflammation subsequent to chemotherapy. He added that the research revealed that t the incorporation of fiber can lead to a substantial decrease in inflammation within the brain area responsible for memory, with reductions of up to 50%.

This development is particularly noteworthy as it underscores the potential of fiber supplementation as a straightforward and cost-effective intervention method.

Dietary fiber has an impact on the microbiome by enhancing the proliferation of beneficial microorganisms that generate anti-inflammatory compounds known as short-chain fatty acids. The short-chain fatty acids have the capacity to enter the bloodstream and alleviate inflammation throughout the body, including the brain.

Inflammation within the brain has been associated with various neuropsychological concerns, such as cognitive decline, mood disorders like depression and anxiety, as well as concerns related to cancer recurrence. Consequently, it has become a focal point for researchers striving to mitigate the non-physical repercussions of cancer therapy.

Dietary fiber can alleviate problems associated with neuropsychological symptoms

Dr Cross said that their primary focus is enhancing the well-being of individuals navigating cancer and its aftermath through various means. He emphasized that aside from receiving immediate medical care, patients frequently undergo extended chemotherapy regimens aimed at preventing cancer relapse, which profoundly influences their overall quality of life.

In conclusion Dr Cross said that they hold a positive outlook regarding the potential of elevating dietary fiber consumption to alleviate the burdens associated with various neuropsychological symptoms through a singular intervention.

Currently, researchers are actively pursuing the initiation of clinical trials aimed at substantiating the potential benefits of increased dietary fiber intake in humans.