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Cancer Remedy in Aisle One: Antioxidants can Take Down Tumors

A recent French study published in The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has found that very high doses of antioxidant polyphenols (the equivalent of one bottle of red wine per day) can shut down and prevent cancerous tumors. Since high wine consumption isn’t recommended, a diet rich in fresh produce, combined with a good supplement, is the better choice to obtain the anti-cancer effect.

But, even in low doses, these polyphenols play a beneficial role for those with ailments of the heart and circulatory system, because they facilitate blood vessel growth. The researchers explain that polyphenols are micronutrients, often found in whole, unprocessed foods such as red wine, fruits, vegetables and green tea.

“When it comes to finding treatments for complex diseases,” says FASEB Journal editor-in-chief Dr. Gerald Weissman, “the answers are sometimes right there waiting to be discovered in unexpected places, like the produce aisle.”

Source:  FASEB Journal, 2007

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