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Antioxidants & Cancer

How Do Antioxidants Work?

Antioxidant supplements have become extremely popular with people looking to detoxify and fight the signs of aging, but they could play an important role in fighting cancer too.

But how do they do this? And which specific products could help?

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Studies have shown that antioxidants could protect cells against the damage caused by free radicals. Every atom in your body needs a pair of electrons if it’s to function properly. If the atom loses an electron it becomes a free radical, which is extremely reactive and unstable. In order for the free radical to become a functioning atom once more, it has to regain an electron – grabbing one from the closest atom. However, this imbalances the other atom, turning it into yet another free radical.

This creates a chain reaction that can continue throughout your body, potentially causing damage to threads of DNA. This can raise the risk of cancer. To prevent serious damage, you need to neutralize the offending free radicals, provide them with spare electrons, or protect the cells from damage.

Which Antioxidants Are Right For Me?

It’s vitally important to take the correct antioxidants. Antioxidants can interact with the free radicals, helping to stabilize them and prevent further damage, but if a malignant tumor is already present, it’s important to strike a balance in levels of oxidation.

Certain antioxidants are able to differentiate between cancerous and healthy cells. They act as pro-oxidants in order to damage the cancerous cells, and protective anti-oxidants in healthy cells. This means your body can more effectively attack the cancer, whilst also protecting other areas that aren’t affected.

To have this effect, your antioxidant supplements need the ability to be both antioxidants and pro-oxidants. These include:

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  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Selenium

Alpha Lipoic Acid in particular has been shown to be one of the most potent, versatile, and longer acting antioxidants. Its toxicity to cancer cells and ability to reduce oxidation damage to cellular structures make it an extremely useful anti-cancer supplement.

Where Can I Find These Supplements?

At BioSynergy, we stock a wide range of pharmaceutical-grade supplements at exceptional prices, including:

You can also run a search on the BioSynergy website to find all kinds of different supplements. Or use our helpful categories to find products that suit your needs. We only ever use the highest grade raw materials that have been properly sourced.

As with all supplements, it’s important to first check that none of these antioxidants will interfere with any medication you’re currently taking.

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