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Learn the way antioxidants decrease the side-effects of chemotherapy and should even make it more beneficial.

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In the 1980s, there were two major studies in which participants were given synthetic beta-carotene to see if it would prevent lung cancer. I need to tell this story in some detail, since it comes up every time the topic of antioxidants and cancer is raised. The Finnish Alpha Tocopherol Beta Carotene (ATBC) trial enrolled 30,000 middle-aged male smokers between 1985 and 1993. These men were randomized to receive daily supplements (of either vitamin E or beta-carotene) or placebo for five to eight years.

Jeffrey Blumberg, chief of the antioxidant research lab in the Human Research Center at Tufts University in Boston, said that 500 milligrams is a reasonable amount to take. "This is bad science," he added. " What I find particularly astonishing is that later in 1998, the authors of the original study published another report on vitamin C. This showed that people who received 500 milligrams of vitamin C per day had substantial benefit from the practice! "These results illustrate ... a role for vitamin C in the regulation of DNA repair enzymes," and demonstrate an "antioxidant effect," they wrote.

Much of the excitement over lycopene has to do with its ability to reduce the risk of heart disease by preventing the oxidation of low density lipoproteins (LDL). A report in the journal Upids showed that daily consumption of tomato products (providing at least 40 milligrams of lycopene) could substantially reduce the oxidation of LDL, thus lowering heart disease rates. (1) 36 OTHER CAROTENOIDS Lycopene and Cancer When lycopene is cultured with human endometrial, breast, and lung cancer cells, it is four times stronger than alpha-carotene, and ten times stronger than beta-carotene at inhibiting tumor growth.

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