Chemotherapy has been found to alter the taste sensations of 40% to 77% of chemotherapy patients. The clinical name for this taste alteration is dysgeusia. These taste disturbances can affect the whole range of a patient’s taste perceptions, but one of the most common is a decrease the intensity of sweet tastes. Along with disturbing sensitivity to sweet tastes, chemotherapy also results in what is referred to as “metal mouth,” which causes patients to experience a persistent taste of metal in their mouth during and after treatment.
The Cause of Chemo-Related Taste Disturbances
The exact cause of chemo-related taste disturbances is currently unknown. Some research suggests that chemotherapy agents come into direct contact with taste buds through the secretion of saliva and impair their ability to detect tastes normally. Another theory focuses on how chemotherapy agents are developed to kill cells that quickly generate. Taste buds typically regenerate every ten days, so they are susceptible to damage from chemotherapy. A third theory links chemotherapy taste disturbances with a number of specific chemotherapeutic agents, including:
- Nitrogen mustard
How MiraBurstTM Berries Can Mask Chemo-Related Taste Disturbances
MiraBurstTM berries, also known as miracle berries, miracle fruit, or Synsepalum dulcificum, contain a taste-modifying glycoprotein called Miraculin that can mask taste disturbances associated with chemotherapy. Our potent berries are used to create our convenient, all-natural, easy-melt miracle fruit tablets. These tablets, which contain a high level of Miraculin, have the ability to modify taste receptors for up to 90 minutes and naturally changes the taste of acidic or sour foods into a sweet taste. For chemotherapy patients, this helps to offset the decrease in sweet tastes they experience and masks the effects of metal mouth.
If you or someone you know is experiencing food aversions caused by chemotherapy treatment, order MiraBurstTM miracle berry tablets today to start enjoying foods again.