Friday, April 30, 1999

Vitamin supplements combat cancer

Vitamin supplements may help to slow the progress of some forms of cancer, scientists have claimed.

Several studies presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research show that supplements - ranging from ordinary multivitamins to specially formulated vegetable-based capsules - can have a positive impact in combating the disease.

In one study, Dr Omar Kucuk and colleagues at the LycoRed Natural Products in Beersheva, Israel, contained lycopene, the chemical that makes tomatoes red.

Lycopene, which survives cooking and is especially concentrated in tomato sauce and tomato paste, is a known antioxidant and a member of the carotenoid family of nutrients that include beta-carotene and vitamin A.

It cancels out the effects of free radicals, charged particles which damage the body's genetic material and can lead to cancer.

Source BBC News


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