Vitamin C and selenium lower likelihood of two cancers
Antioxidants play a protective role against cancer
by Newsletter Editor
In a large study, doctors measured the diets, food-cooking methods, and vitamin C levels of 23,658 men and women, aged 40 to 74.
Over the course of 10 years of follow-up, 49 participants developed pancreatic cancer, 55 percent men.
Researchers then calculated the nutrients in their diets and compared to 3,970 participants who had not developed pancreatic cancer. Compared to those who consumed the least selenium, those who consumed the most selenium were half as likely to have developed
Those who consumed the most selenium and vitamins C and E were 67 percent less likely to develop the cancer compared to those who got the least of these antioxidants.
Discussing their findings, doctors said, “It seems the antioxidants are knocking out the pro-oxidants that are perhaps causing the damage that leads to cancer, and therefore playing a protective role.”