Food Antioxidants and Cancer

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NutritionFacts .org
23 Jun 2020

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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?( :)

What about fish oil supplements? Is Fish Oil Just Snake Oil? (

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 (
2. How to Reach the Antioxidant "RDA" (
3. Antioxidant Rich Foods With Every Meal (

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? (
• Can Folic Acid Be Harmful? (
• Produce, Not Pills to Increase Physical Attractiveness (
• Greens vs. Glaucoma (
• Cranberries versus Cancer (
• Prunes vs. Metamucil vs. Vegan Diet (
• Optimal Phytosterol Source (

Antioxidants may also slow aging ( reduce inflammation ( improve digestion ( and help prevent COPD ( So where are antioxidants found? See my series that starts with Antioxidant Content of 3139 Foods ( and Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods (

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 and he'll try to answer it!

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