People undergoing cancer treatment are often told that they can’t take antioxidants during chemotherapy. But the claim is based on theory and not on actual studies.
A just completed review of 280 studies, including 50 human trials, . . .  found that every one of them demonstrated that antioxidants do not interfere with chemotherapy or radiation. In fact, they helped! Antioxidants decrease adverse effects, protect healthy cells, increase tumour killing and, in some studies, increase survival. Eight human studies on vitamin A all found no interference with chemo or radiation, but increased survival and response rates and less adverse effects. Two on betacarotene found no interference with chemo or radiation, but decreased adverse events, and ten on vitamin E found no interference, but improved response and reduced adverse effects.

  • Altern Ther 2007;13:22-8
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