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Antioxidants & cancer

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Participants taking "a combination of selenium, beta-carotene and vitamin E supplements had significantly lower cancer mortality rates than those who did not receive the supplements," Philip Taylor, National Cancer Institute, et al., report in Sept. 17 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The General Population Trial in Linxian, China, involved 29,584 stratified participants with an "extraordinarily high" incidence of esophageal and gastric cardia and non-cardia cancers. Researchers found no link between serum beta-carotene levels and cancer risk. "Our findings suggest that alpha-tocopherol and selenium are more likely than beta-carotene to be involved in the reduced cancer rates observed with supplementation during the trial," Taylor et al. conclude...

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