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Until recently, cancer was prevented with early detection and avoidance
of cancer causing-agents. In the last decade, however, there as been an
increase interest in finding substances with cancer protective
The idea that antioxidants may have protective effects for
cancer came from the fact that DNA
An antioxidant is a molecule capable of inhibiting the
oxidation of other molecules, and removing free radicals. Antioxidants
oxidize themselves and are often reducing agents such as thiols,
ascorbic acid and polyphenols.
They provide the free radical with its missing electron so that it does
not have to take from another molecule, this stops the oxidation
process. Unbalance will occur if your body produces too many free
radicals, due to smoke, pollutants,sun radiation, stress, exercise or
digestion, and there are not enough antioxidants to go around.
Free Radicals contribute to the aging process.
Many studies have been done on vitamin A, E, B-carotene
and C. The use of antioxidants tovitamin e prevent cancer sounds like a
great idea; however, several longitudinal studies have failed to reveal
a benefit. Some studies even found that the risk of cancer may
increase. Two large scaled studies, on smokers taking B-carotene
supplements, found a higher incidence of lung cancer in the group
receiving the antioxidants.
Further research is needed before the role of antioxidants
supplementation can be defined. For now it is more prudent to consume a
diet high in natural fruits and vegetable source of antioxidants. This
sort of diet will also lower the risks of heart disease and some
Here is a list of food with antioxidants:
Liver, milk, eggs yolk, mozzarella cheese, sweet potato, broccoli,
carrots, squash, tomatoes, kale, collards, cantaloupe, peaches and
apricots are foods rich in vitamin A.
Cereal, beef, poultry, fish, orange, lime, green peppers, broccoli,
green leafy vegetables, strawberries, tomatoes are foods rich in
vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
Almond, wheat germ, sunflower, corn, soybean oil, nuts, mango, broccoli
are foods rich in vitamin E (trocophenols and
Last but not least MODERATION is the key to a healthy
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