Antioxidants may be pain relievers in pancreatitis patients: Study

January 05, 2009

Supplements containing selenium, beta-carotene and Vitamins C and E may alleviate pain in people suffering from pancreatitis according to a new study. In 127 patients with painful pancreatitis it was found that supplementing them with 600 mcg of selenium, 540 mg  vitamin C, 9,000 IU Beta-Carotene, 270 IU vitamin E (as d-alpha- tocopherol) and 2 g methionine reduced the number of days with pain significantly each month during the six-month long study period. They also found that 32% of the patients on supplements became pain free (vs. 13% in the placebo group). Moreover, there was a significant reduction in the number of analgesic tablets taken per month in the antioxidant group.

The researchers add that the beneficial effect of antioxidants on pain relief was noted early at three months into the study period. The study is published in the January 2009 issue of the journal Gastroenterology.
January 2009, Volume 136, Issue 1, Pages 149-159.e2