Most medical researchers agree that antioxidants provide a number of positive health benefits. Antioxidants are substances that block oxidation and help protect cells from free radical damage. Free radicals can damage DNA in otherwise healthy cells. Some scientists think that this damage can allow cancer to start and grow. Blueberries, red grapes, carrots, red peppers and a number of other fruits and vegetables contain naturally high levels of antioxidants. But what scientists don’t know or agree on is what types and dose of antioxidants help your body most. We are all just guessing. And in the true American tradition, if a little of something is good for us, then a lot must be even better! Although there is little evidence that mega doses of antioxidants are harmful to healthy persons, taking large, concentrated doses of antioxidants may not be a good idea for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. A number of oncology researchers believe that the protection provided to cells by such therapy against cancer may enable existing cancer cells to resist chemotherapy as well. These oncology docs aren’t suggesting that chemotherapy patients stop eating blueberries or oranges. Just stay away from highly concentrated antioxidant supplements immediately before, during or after chemotherapy.
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