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Could this Tiny, Red, Miracle Fruit Revive Taste Buds for Cancer Patients?

By Britta Aragon on April 16, 2009 | 5 Comments

What is “Miracle Fruit,” you ask? I read this article and just had to share with you all about the promising buzz for cancer patients and reviving taste buds during chemotherapy.

I remember my father complaining about “the metal taste” in his mouth and how he couldn’t taste anything. I know when I’ve had a severe flu and couldn’t taste my food, it was very disappointing to eat anything. Many patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation experience this same sensation over and over again. This was also one of the reasons my dad lost a lot of weight, since he had no desire to eat. Everything tasted the same. When patients don’t eat as well or enough, sometimes it can interfere with their treatment, even make it less effective.

One of the things that helped my father was eating with plastic forks and knives rather than with metal utensils. However, there is a now a promising fruit that has many patients talking. When the small, red berry from Africa is rubbed on the tongue, it alters the taste buds for the next 30 minutes. (Sour things will taste more sweet.) This is exciting news to patients who have lost all desire to eat a tasty meal!

One of the few companies that have manufactured miracle-fruit tablets, Miracle Frooties, says, “Chemotherapy patients in Florida currently have unlimited access to the fruit because it restores appetite for some whose palettes have been destroyed by massive doses of radiation.” I placed my order today. I’m very curious to see what they can do for my taste buds.

Clinical trials are still going on, but if this little fruit proves itself, it will help many patients enjoy food again!

For further information on the Miracle Fruit, click here.

Have you tried this fruit while undergoing chemotherapy? Please share your stories and comments with us!

Photo Courtesy of Wholesale Hoodia

Posted in: Britta's Cancer Survival Journey, Nutrition, Side Effects

5 Comments to “Could this Tiny, Red, Miracle Fruit Revive Taste Buds for Cancer Patients?”

  1. pam valentine says:

    How can we get fruit for our dad?

  2. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Pam. There are many miracle fruit products out there if you look—the question is, which ones are quality items? Do your research, but I did find one company online that looks like it might be a good source—Miracle Fruit USA ( Good luck!

  3. BLESS LAWLUVI says:

    I do not have cancer or chemotherapy, but I remember this fruit very well . When we were young in the fifties we have this fruit growing in our back yard. When we were given poridge (made without sugar) for breakfast we had to eat this fruit first before drinking the poridge. The fruit produced a very long lasting sweet taste in our mouths. If your get a very sweet one, the sweet taste in yuor mouth can last for over 6 hours. At the moment I am planning to cultivate this plant in my garden.

  4. Miel says:

    Hi, I have a question…. if you could help to answer, I would be most grateful.
    In terms of regaining a sense of taste – I heard of an Austrian Offel dish made of heart and lungs and is served with sour cream to revive a sense of taste. What taste buds on the tongue could this dish activate… and how would that work…?

  5. Britta Aragon says:

    Hi, Miel. I’m sorry, I’m not aware of such a dish or how that would work. Maybe some of our other readers can help?

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