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Dr. Oz: Antioxidants and cancer link, remedies for headaches and stretch marks

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Dr. Mehmet Oz examined whether antioxidants cause cancer and revealed remedies for headaches and stretch marks on the March 19 episode of the Dr. Oz Show ("Do Antioxidants Cause Cancer?").

Dr. Oz's guest was nutrition expert Dr. Jennifer Sacheck. Dr. Sacheck, co-author of Thinner This Year, said it's important to get antioxidants through food, but taking mega-doses of supplements could harm your health.

Dr. Sacheck said getting too much vitamin A can damage your liver, while overdoses of vitamin C can cause stomach problems. And too much vitamin E can cause blood clots.

Dr. Oz said taking the right amount of antioxidants wards off disease without risking your health. He recommended the following doses:

  • vitamin C: 60 to 100 mg a day
  • vitamin A: 2,500 to 3,500 IU a day
  • vitamin E: 20 to 50 IU a day.

Dr. Oz said getting your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants through food is always best, and suggested adding these antioxidant-rich foods to your diet:

  • cantaloupes
  • oranges
  • almonds.

Dr. Oz Reveals All-Natural Headache Cures

On a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz's guest was pharmacist Suzy Cohen, who shared her all-natural headache cures. Cohen, author of Diabetes Without Drugs, suggested these remedies:

1. Quercetin for allergy headaches. Dr. Oz said certain foods, like barbecue sauce and dried fruits, can trigger allergy headaches. Quercetin can relieve them. He suggested taking 500mg twice a day.

2. Peppermint oil. Dr. Oz suggested massaging your temples with peppermint oil to relieve minor headaches.

3. Headache shake:

Dr. Oz-Recommended Creams to Remove Stretch Marks

More than 80% of women have stretch marks on their belly, arms or legs, but Dr. Oz said you can minimize or erase them with creams:

  • Vitamin C lotion. Vitamin C lotion promotes collagen growth and smooths out stretch marks and wrinkles.
  • Retinol cream. Retinol creams minimize stretch marks and dark spots.
  • Tretinoin cream. Tretinoin is a prescription cream (otherwise known as Retin-A or Renova) that has been shown to fade stretch marks.
  • Microdermabrasion. This is a cosmetic procedure usually done at a plastic surgeon's office that can smooth out stretch marks. But it costs $75 to $200 a pop and takes several sessions.
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