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article imageResearch suggests that antioxidants may protect cancer

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 14, 2014 in Health
Cold Spring Harbor - Doctors David Tuveson and Navdeep S. Chandel have published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine asserting that antioxidants may do more harm than good when treating cancer sufferers.
The authors of the study itself assert that the impact of antioxidants on the Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) sections located along the mitochondria is practically nonexistent. Worse yet they also claim that antioxidants protect cancer cells by keeping down the high amounts of oxidants within a cancer cell. Allegedly this makes methods which kill the cancer by oxidation, such as chemotherapy, less effective due to this protective buildup of antioxidants.
The allegation is interesting to both the scientific and health community because it asserts the exact opposite of the conventional wisdom. There are tens of thousands of articles talking about how diet can help you survive cancer. Some even believe that the unconventional Gerson Therapy has helped them in this area since it combines antioxidant juices with other methods.
The study did not cover what impact antioxidants have on nearby cells also damaged by chemotherapy. At the end of the study the authors themselves note that more research is needed to understand the full impact of their findings. This information comes from a report provided by author Tuveson himself. It marks some of the only news speaking against antioxidants instead of in their favor.
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