Topic: Capsule supplements any good ?
My mom has lost nearly 20 kg/50 pounds since this ordeal started. I've just bought this book "What to eat if you have cancer" (which was a great read BTW) and it tells a lot about the supplements that should be taken when someone is dealing with the disease. I had already bought a "general" multivitamin supplement, in which one capsule is supposed to give 100 % of the daily need for different vitamins. However, my mom is still much weaker than when she started taking it. I know that's normal considering the tumor's progression, but I wonder if I can do something about it. So my questions are:
- do you think the multivitamin capsules are less effective than other forms (like powder or shakes) ? Perhaps they're not absorbed as easily, I don't know... so far she's had no problem taking them, at least.
- since she has difficulty absorbing any nutrients, should I give her two capsules instead of one ? Or is there a risk of overusage that could, for instance, overstress her kidney or cause nausea ?
- has anyone tried concentrated digestive enzymes (the book mentions Metazyme and Similase) ? Are they any good ?
Though I do fear we're near the endgame (mom is sleeping really a lot today, but it's been raining non-stop so even I feel like taking a nap ;-) ), I don't want to give up hope just yet, specially considering that improving her food intake through supplements should not be too risky.
Thanks a lot for your help,