Antioxidants and Cancer

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Can antioxidants really prevent cancer?

Antioxidants and Cancer

Some studies show a relationship between antioxidants and cancer prevention. Antioxidants fight against free radicals in the body, and free radicals can be the cause of cancer in at least some cases. Free radicals literally "steal" the electrons from other cells in the body, and this can lead to free radicals becoming unstable and causing diseases like cancer. Antioxidants clean up and destroy free radicals, and so, could prevent at least some types of cancer.

There are several studies underway that are looking at the relationship between antioxidants and cancer. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. You can find these in many foods, but also in supplements that contain all these antioxidants, which is one good way to ensure you get enough of all of them every day.



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