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Low dose antioxidant may reduce cancer risk in men

Researchers involved in a French study claim that increased antioxidant consumption such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, zinc can reduce the damage caused by free radicals in men and hence reduce the risk of cancer. This preventative effect does not appear to be evident in women. Free radicals are believed to increase the risk of cancer and heart disease as well as other diseases. Contradictory studies have shown that antioxidants provide no benefit or perhaps even cause harm. The French study utilized a study group of 13,000 people of which some were given low dose antioxidant to represent dietary intake. The difference in effect between men and women was explained by the fact that women generally ate more fruit and vegetables to start with and thus had higher levels of antioxidants to start with. In fact, many of the men taking antioxidant supplements had the same level of beta-carotene as women on a placebo. Overall, men who took the antioxidant supplements were less likely to die from all causes.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health Archives of Internal Medicine, Nov 2, 2004

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About: Low dose antioxidant may reduce cancer risk in men

Date: 22 November 2004

Source: Reuters Health Archives of Internal Medicine, Nov 2, 2004

Author: Charnicia E. Huggins


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