Melaleuca is a health and wellness company named after a tea tree oil from Australia. Although Melaleuca produces a variety of cleaning products and personal care items, the company is best known for its vitamins. Of all the different vitamins and supplements produced by Melaleuca, some may be particularly beneficial for patients with cancer. However, the Food and Drug Administration has not tested tea tree oil for its effectiveness. Do not take any vitamins or vitamin supplements without consulting your doctor.
Vitality Calcium Complete
The main ingredient in Melaleuca's Vitality Calcium Complete is vitamin D. Vitamin D is commonly found in tuna, milk and eggs. It also has a positive impact on your immune system and can be taken to make your bones strong. Your body produces vitamin D naturally when exposed to ultraviolet B or UVB rays emitted by the sun, as opposed to artificial UVA rays produced by tanning beds. According to Vanderbilt University, too much exposure to UVA rays may lead to cancer. In a July 2009 study, Dr. Cedric F. Garland et. al. found that vitamin D and calcium help prevent cancer. As such, Melaleuca recommends getting the vitamin D your body needs through Vitality Calcium Complete, combined with a nutritious diet and sufficient outdoor activity.
Melaleuca defines CellWise as a broad spectrum antioxidant containing vitamin C that fights free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage the cells in your body. They are stabilized by substances called antioxidants. Therefore, antioxidants help limit the damage to the body caused by free radicals. Cell Wise also contains, Oglio -- Melaleuca's patented formula that, according to the company, protects minerals by reducing the generation of excess free radicals. According to the National Cancer Institute, damage caused by free radicals may result in cancer. As such, increasing the amount of antioxidants in the body helps cancer patients fight the disease.
Vitality MultiVitamin and Mineral
Maintaining good nutrition is essential for cancer patients. Proper nutrition increases your strength and promotes immune system functioning. For cancer patients, nutrition helps ward off infection, tolerate treatments and recover at a faster pace, according to Cancer Treatment Centers of America. To ensure your body is getting all of the nutrients it needs, consider a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Melaleuca's Vitality MultiVitamin and Mineral Supplement contain generous amounts of the nutrients identified by CTCA to improve immune system functioning in cancer patients: beta-carotene, selenium, vitamin C and vitamin E.
- "Enhancing Wellness"; What is a Tan Worth?; Melaleuca; Oct. 2010
- Vanderbilt University: Do Tanning Beds Cause Skin Cancer and Other Harmful Effects?
- National Cancer Institute: Antioxidants and Cancer Prevention - Fact Sheet
- Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Nutrition Therapy
- "Annals of Epidemiology"; Vitamin D for Cancer Prevention: Global Perspective; Garland CF, Gorham ED, Mohr SB, Garland FC; Jul 2009