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Food Antioxidants and Cancer

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Published on Feb 21, 2014

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DESCRIPTION: Antioxidant intake from foods (not supplements) is associated with lower cancer risk.

But should we take a multivitamin? See Should We Take a Multivitamin?(http://nutritionfacts.org/video/shoul...) :)

What about fish oil supplements? Is Fish Oil Just Snake Oil? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-fi...)

I recently covered how and why we should strive to eat antioxidants with every meal in an important three-part series:

1. Minimum "Recommended Daily Allowance" of Antioxidants (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/minim...)
2. How to Reach the Antioxidant "RDA" (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-t...)
3. Antioxidant Rich Foods With Every Meal (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/antio...)

Preferentially getting one's nutrients from produce not pills is a common theme in the nutrition literature. See, for example:

• Are Iron Pills Good for You? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/are-i...)
• Can Folic Acid Be Harmful? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/can-f...)
• Produce, Not Pills to Increase Physical Attractiveness (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/produ...)
• Greens vs. Glaucoma (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/green...)
• Cranberries versus Cancer (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/cranb...)
• Prunes vs. Metamucil vs. Vegan Diet (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/prune...)
• Optimal Phytosterol Source (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/optim...)

Antioxidants may also slow aging (http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/mito...), reduce inflammation (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/anti-...), improve digestion (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/bulki...), and help prevent COPD (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/preve...). So where are antioxidants found? See my series that starts with Antioxidant Content of 3139 Foods (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/antio...) and Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/antio...).

What about the role of antioxidants in other leading causes of death? That's the subject of my next video, Food Antioxidants, Stroke, and Heart Disease.

Have a question for Dr. Greger about this video? Leave it in the comment section at http://nutritionfacts.org/video/food-... and he'll try to answer it!

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