Here are some of the most common antioxidants used in the treatment of cancer. Generally speaking they are not used in isolation. Each individual may require a different combination of antioxidants.
This has been found to increase the effectiveness of certain drugs used in chemotherapy, and to help prevent adverse reaction to this treatment. It can also help prevent the tumor cells spreading to other parts of the body, and has shown to be particularly effective at treating breast cancer.
This is a form of vitamin A, which boosts the immune system against the growth of tumor cells. Free radicals can damage the DNA contained in cells, which is thought to be one process which can lead to cancer. Beta-carotene decreases the damage to DNA. It is also effective at treating and preventing breast, prostate, lung, and bladder cancer.
This can help protect the tissues from damage caused by free radicals. Many cancer sufferers have been found to be deficient in selenium. It is thought to reduce the side effects, such as headaches and nausea, which can accompany chemotherapy.
This helps to strengthen the immune system; it is thought to protect normal cells from the effects of cancer treatments such as radiation, and to enhance the destruction of cancer cells.
These occur naturally in plants such as broccoli, grapes, soy and citrus fruits. They are also found in green tea, and it is thought that the ingredients in green tea can be effective at treating cancer.
Overall, the jury is still out on the link between antioxidants and cancer, and whether antioxidants can be successfully used to treat cancer. If you decide to give this a try, you should always seek specialist advice. Generally speaking, experts agree that a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables can be very effective at preventing cancer from occurring.