Antioxidants Offer Pain Rrelief In Patients With Chronic Pancreatitis

Convincing evidence to recommend antioxidants for treatment has been lacking

American Gastroenterological Association

Bethesda, MD (Jan. 1, 2009) — Antioxidant supplementation was found to be effective in relieving pain and reducing levels of oxidative stress in patients with chronic pancreatitis (CP), reports a new study in Gastroenterology. CP is a progressive inflammatory disease of the pancreas in which patients experience abdominal pain (in early stage) and diabetes and maldigestion (in late stage). Pain is the major problem in 90 percent of patients with CP and currently, there is no effective medical therapy for pain relief. Gastroenterology is the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. More…

The antioxidant supplementation included daily doses of 600 μg of organic selenium, 0.54 g of ascorbic acid, 9,000 IU of β-carotene, 270 IU α-tocopherol, and 2 g of methionine, an alpha-amino acid.