Antioxidants against cancer by Ralph W. Moss

By Ralph W. Moss

Find out how antioxidants decrease the side-effects of chemotherapy and will even make it greater.

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S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) as one of its major trials. The purpose was to find out if 30 milligrams per day of synthetic 30 BETA-CAROTENE beta-carotene and 25,000 IV of vitamin A could reduce the incidence of lung cancer in high-risk populations. The subjects were either smokers or people known to have been exposed to asbestos, which can cause a kind of lung cancer. CARET began in 1985 with full-scale recruitment starting in 1989. The goal was 18,000 participants, about a fourth of whom were asbestosexposed men, while the rest were either former or present smokers.

It blocks the activation of viral genes. And it plays a role-possibly a crucial one-in 39 ANTIOXIDANTS AGAINST CANCER the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C and Cancer Given its amazing versatility, is it any wonder that Dr. Linus Pauling and his many followers, believed that this super-vitamin could also combat cancer? We shall leave the treatment claims for last. If we look at the question of prevention, however, there is little doubt that a diet high in vitamin C reduces the risk of cancer substantially.

379) But scientists at 56 VITAMIN E the University of Minnesota Medical School summarized the consensus opinion: vitamin E is a significant protector, whose effects include increased survival after whole-body irradiation, diminished digestive problems, and improved blood scores after irradiation. " (345) They then pass on to other matters--one sentence in a 2,341 page textbook! In his experiments, Dr. Prasad used a standard experimental model of cancer cells to look at the effects of vitamin E alone or in combination with various standard treatments.

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