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How do antioxidants prevent cancer?

By Anonymous September 27, 2014 - 2:13pm
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i've heard that drinking green tea helps, but how does it do that?

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Hi Anon and welcome to EmpowHER!

According to the National Cancer Institute, antioxidants are chemicals that block the activity of other chemicals known as free radicals. Free radicals, which form naturally in the body, are highly reactive and have the potential to cause damage to cells, including damage that may lead to cancer.

Some antioxidants are made naturally by the body. Others can only be obtained from external (exogenous) sources, including the diet and dietary supplements.

You can find more information on the benefits of antioxidants in this article written for the EmpowHER community, Immunity, Cancer and Skin Protection, Oh My! The Power of Antioxidants

In terms of green tea there are many reports on the benefits, including several on this website. In terms of the use of green tea by a person who already has cancer, they would be strongly advised to seek reliable information on whether green tea is beneficial or harmful in their own individual situation as the tea may have a harmful interaction with their treatment regimen that would outweigh any benefits.

Hope that's helpful to you. Would you like to share with us why you're asking these questions? Are you trying to support someone with cancer or supporting your own health? Let us know how we can help.






September 28, 2014 - 11:36am
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