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Observations: Antioxidants may not be worth their salt in preventing cancer

April 20

I feel like I am vindicated for arguments I made for the last 8 years.

“To decrease your risk of cancer, don’t count on antioxidant supplements, a panel of researchers said here at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. But assessing antioxidants’ role (and that of many other dietary supplements) in preventing disease has been notoriously difficult.”

“Many consumers, however, remain dedicated to antioxidants and other supplements as a way to fend off cancer. Adults in the U.S. spend upward of $9 billion a year on vitamins, pointed out New York Times health writer Tara Parker-Pope, who noted that she, personally, had been disappointed to learn through her own research what Kristal concluded at the panel discussion: “There’s really no association between antioxidants and cancer risk in the general population.”

via Observations: Antioxidants may not be worth their salt in preventing cancer.

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