30 Apr 2021
Professor Robert Thomas is back on the podcast talking about all things to do with Long COVID and some preliminary results from the UK’s only Covid nutrition intervention trial - The Phyto V study. A randomised double blind placebo controlled trial evaluating the influence of a phytochemical rich whole foods capsule plus a probiotic capsule on clinical outcomes among individuals with covid-19 viral infection. The hypothesis for this study is that starting a nutritional intervention in covid-19 positive patients displaying symptoms could shorten the severity or duration of illness. This may or may not have an impact on Long Covid and there are some anecdotes of benefit, however we can’t say for certain whether it’s useful for everyone
What polyphenols were included in the supplement I hear you ask? The researchers used ones that show promise in other viral illnesses and are found in common foods including: The flavanone polyphenol hesperetin found in citrus fruits; the Anthraquinone derivative aloe emodin found in Aloe Vera; Quercetin, a flavonoid found in, onions, apple, pomegranate and citrus fruits; Apigenin a polyphenol found in parsley, chamomile tea and fruit. Curcumin curcuminoids found in turmeric; ellagic acid found in pomegranate.
As a reminder, Professor Robert Thomas is a Consultant Oncologist at Bedford and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, a clinical teacher at Cambridge University and visiting Professor of Sports and nutritional science at the University of Bedfordshire. He is lead of a Lifestyle and Cancer Research Unit, and is also medical advisor to the website Cancernet.co.uk. Through his amazing work - Prof Robert Thomas has previously been awarded The British Oncology Association’s “Oncologist of the Year” and The Royal College of Radiologist medal.
On Today’s podcast you will learn :
Rather than to try and demonstrate the need for a supplement, what prof hopes to show is that using a polyphenol rich diet may be beneficial to prevent prolonged covid symptoms.
The details for the trial and other trials that professor mentions are on theDoctorskitchen.com podcast show notes. We’re doing another podcast dedicated to Roberts new book “How to Live” which I can’t recommend enough, but for that I think it needs its own distinct episode.
Please do enjoy this conversation with Professor Robert Thomas.
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What an absolute pleasure to be chatting to Prof Robert on the podcast again and such an insightful conversation - the study that Prof Robert is involved in is incredibly interesting and it really was great to hear about the amazing work being done here.
Do have a look on the cancernet website at the information on the study - there really is a lot of great information on there about the work that is being done in the study.
Professor Robert Thomas is a Consultant Oncologist at Bedford and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, a clinical teacher at Cambridge University and visiting Professor of Sports and nutritional science at the University of Bedfordshire. He is lead of a Lifestyle and Cancer Research Unit conducting designing and conducting government backed studies evaluating the impact of exercise, diet and natural therapies. In collaboration with The Universities of Bedfordshire, Southern California, Cambridge and Glasgow, this unit has published over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers (see list). This has included the worlds largest randomised controlled trial of a polyphenol rich nutritional supplement in patient with cancer (the Pomi-T trial) and the randomised evaluation of a topical therapy to prevent chemotherapy induced nail damage (The polybalm study). More recently, he led the analysis of the 155,000 patient data set (PLCO) which has linked sugar with an increased cancer and tea and broccoli with cancer prevention. In 2010, he designed and lead the implementation of the UK's cancer exercise rehabilitation course and Qualification with Macmillan and Skills Active. In 2019, he wrote book “Keep Healthy after Cancer”, and remains medical advisor for the lifestyle and cancer website Cancernet.co.uk, the general lifetsyle site keep-healthy.com and writes a popular health blog in partnership with exercise professionals and nutritionists. For these contributions he has been awarded The British Oncology Association’s “Oncologist of the Year” and The Royal College of Radiologist medal.