Fighting Cancer With Beta Carotene


Taking a beta carotene supplement may lower the risk of prostate cancer by 36 percent in some men, revealed a major study released by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

This is good news since prostate cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in America for men.

For cancer prevention, experts suggest a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, because these food groups provide the antioxidants needed to protect our bodies from free radicals-dangerously unstable oxygen molecules that attack healthy cells.

Protective antioxidants include vitamin E, vitamin C, and carotenoids-beta carotene, lutein and lycopene. Several published studies in the last decade have highlighted the role of antioxidants in the prevention of many diseases such as certain types of cancer, Alzheimer's and heart disease.

All of the carotenoids fight cell damage which can lead to tumor growth and cancer. In a recent study, beta carotene was shown to be effective in protecting the body against prostate cancer.

The study showed that men who had the lowest level of beta carotene were at the greatest risk of cancer. It also suggested that adding beta carotene to your diet can be beneficial.

However, getting protective amounts of beta carotene in a normal diet can be difficult-making supplements an excellent alternative.

To learn more about beta carotene and other antioxidants, BASF Human Nutrition offers a brochure.

To receive a copy, send $2.50 for postage and handling to Team Antioxidant, P.O. Box 1830, Newport, Kentucky 41071. (NAPSI)


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