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Anti-Oxidants and Cancer

The benefits of anti-oxidants are numerous. Perhaps the best of all reasons to include them in your daily life is their ability to protect the body from cancerous growth, as it has been almost proven that Anti-oxidants slow damage from the free radicals that encourage the growth of cancerous cells. Free radicals are very unstable and can only be controlled by antioxidants like the ones present in vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin A. There are also other substances that help control it, like Lycopene and Beta Carotene, which are also rich in Anti-oxidants.

Vitamin-CEveryday, we are exposed to substances that contain free radicals, like the air, water, and even some of our food. Also, nearly everything we do has some element that helps in the creation of free radicals. If you spend time in the sun for example, you’re forming them, as well as you are if you eat or if you breathe the air. These free radicals tend to cause deterioration of cells, bones, tissue, organs, the immune system and even speed the aging process. And this is why anything that could serve to neutralize these free radicals will be beneficial to our long-term health.

And here is where Anti-oxidants come into play. Anti-oxidants can take the form of minerals, amino acids, and even hormones. Melatonin for example, is a hormone containing antioxidants, like is Selenium and many of the available vitamin products on the market that explicitly advertise the use of Anti-oxidants in their components. Also, they are present in numerous organic foods as well.

There is evidence as a result of several studies that shows Anti-oxidants may help people that are prone to cancer, while other studies are not as conclusive to that end. A cancer study conducted in China for instance, measured the effectiveness of vitamin E and selenium on both men and women who were otherwise healthy, but showed a risk for potential gastric cancer. That study concluded that their chances of becoming cancer patients were reduced. Other studies conducted in Finland however, have shown a negative or null effect. But, even if there is no conclusive proof that the benefits lean more toward the positive side, it might still not be a bad idea to get a helping of these vitamins daily.

And if you still have any doubts, there are only two things that you need to consider: that Anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals, and that these free radicals are known to cause damage to the cells in our bodies. So if you want to take good care of your body and skin, you should start considering increasing your consumption of Anti-oxidants, and not just in foods, but in any other kind of products (like skin care products for example) that provide it.