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Oncologists & radiation therapists usually discourage the use of antioxidants in patients of cancer. Why? Doctor are concerned with the possibility of that antioxidant supplements will build up the antioxidant defense system of the cancer cells and result in making their treatments less effective, since their treatments primarily destroy cancer cells by creating oxidative stress. This is a reasonable concern. But the medical literature does not support their position. In fact Dr Kedar Prasad & Dr Arun Kumar and their colleagues at the university of Colorado Medical School Radiology Department reviewed many studies to address this concern. They titled their report, “High doses of multiple antioxidant vitamins: Essential ingredients in improving the efficacy of standard cancer therapy” which appeared in the journal of the American College of Nutrition. There Dr Kedar & Dr Arun Kumar noted a few scattered studies that show a negative effect of using one nutrient in supplementation with certain chemo therapeutic treatments. When high doses of multiple antioxidants were used together, however, the therapies were enhanced. But Why? Please read our next blog to know more……….