With cancer reports on the rise antioxidant rich foods and supplements have become a staple in the homes of many Americans.
On March 19 Dr. Oz shared the potential for one increasing their risk of cancer from ingesting large amounts of antioxidants through supplements.
The most common forms of antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E. Antioxidants can be found naturally in many different foods; cantaloupe, almonds and oranges. However, ingesting antioxidants in pill form can lead to inflammation, damaged cells, and increased risk of chronic disease and cancer.
Consuming large doses of vitamin A can affect liver function, more than 2000 mg per day of vitamin C can lead to gastrointestinal issues and kidney stones, and higher than normal doses of vitamin E can interfere with the body’s ability to clot blood properly.
Dr. Oz made mention of studies in which the daily intake of antioxidant rich vitamins as it relates to cancer. The results from the study were mixed as family history and other factors also help determine one’s risk of cancer.
Multivitamins usually contain the proper daily dosage of antioxidants and may provide a healthier balance of nutrients and antioxidants for the body than a stand-alone antioxidant vitamin.