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ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants are a group of vitamins, primarily vitamins C, E, and A (as beta carotene) that may help to protect the body from substances known as "free radicals". Free radicals wreak havoc on the body, damaging DNA and cell membranes, which contributes to the process of aging and to the development of certain cancers, like breast cancer. The Women's Wellness Place Menopause AM supplements contain important antioxidant ingredients. To help prevent cancer including breast, also check out the Perimenopause/PMS Supplement called "Women's Liberation".

Antioxidants, found naturally in fruits and vegetables and 100% juices, such as orange juice, help neutralize free radicals. It's best to get antioxidants through foods and juices rather than supplements because antioxidant-rich foods contain a combination of many important disease-fighting nutrients that supplements may not contain. In addition, most of the research on antioxidants' effect on reducing breast cancer has focused on fruit and vegetable consumption, not supplements.

Antioxidant Allies

 

Research highlights
 


Servings Recommended
 
Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Eating Six servings of fruit a day lowered risk by 32% compared to those who got only one serving. A medium piece of fresh fruit or 1/2 cup canned fruit; six ounces 100% fruit juice -- aim for 2 to 4 servings a day.
  Eating an average of five servings of vegetables a day lowered breast cancer risk by 48% compared to those eating vegetables only once or twice a day. One cup raw leafy vegetables, 1/2 cup cooked vegetables or 3/4 cup vegetable juice -- aim for 3 to 5 servings a day.
Vitamin A (as beta carotene) Results from the Nurses Health Study, which followed nearly 90,000 women ages 34 to 59 over eight years, found that a high intake of beta carotene reduced breast cancer risk by 20%. Good sources include deep yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, fortified juices, carrots, broccoli, squash, cantaloupe, spinach and green leafy vegetables. Experts recommend aiming for 5 to 6 milligrams of beta carotene a day.
Vitamin C Analysis of nine studies done on vitamin C's effect on breast cancer risk found that there was a 31% decrease in breast cancer risk for each 300 mg/day increase in vitamin C. The Recommended Daily Value for vitamin C is 60 mg. Orange juice and oranges are the number one source of vitamin C in America. Other good sources include citrus fruit and juices, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, potatoes, green and red peppers.
Vitamin E A review of several studies found that women with the highest intakes of vitamin E had a 30% to 40% lower risk of breast cancer when compared to women with the lowest intakes. The Daily Value is 30 IU. Good sources include seeds, nuts, vegetable oil, wheat germ, whole grain breads and cereals, and green, leafy vegetables.

Adaptation of information provided by: Tropicana Pure Premium Plus.





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