Weighty loss may be caused by loss of hunger, health problems, or both. It is often due to cancer, depression, or dementia. Some health issues can also make it hard for the body to absorb vitamins and minerals from food.

Treating the cause may improve weight. Food choices or supplements may help to increase weight as well. For some, medicine can increase hunger.

Natural Therapies

Natural therapies may help patients gain weight by increasing fat stores. It can also help to increase protein levels. These are usually used in combination with other treatments.

Possibly Effective

  • Amino Acids , including beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate, arginine, glutamine—may help to build healthy protein. A1-A3

Possibly Not Effective

  • Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish Oil). B1-B4

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about all herbs or supplements you are taking. Some may interact with your treatment plan or health conditions.

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