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Friday, February 15, 2008

Antioxidants more likely to raise cancer risk

Still more they have no idea what a "healthy" food or supplement is.
"Taking antioxidant supplements won't reduce cancer risk, according to a new analysis of a dozen studies including more than 100,000 patients. In fact, the researchers found, smokers who take beta carotene supplements could be increasing their risk of smoking-related cancer and death.

While antioxidants have been touted for cancer prevention, different antioxidants have different effects, and their effects may also vary depending on the part of the body involved, Dr. Aditya Bardia of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and colleagues note in their report.Overall, the researchers found, antioxidant supplements didn't reduce the risk of cancer...

When they looked separately at beta carotene, they found the nutrient actually increased cancer risk by 10 percent among smokers."

Supplements, anyone?

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