Do antioxidants accelerate cancer?

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Do antioxidants accelerate cancer?
« on: 04/02/2014 11:09:12 »
Antioxidants, widely regarded as a means to protect cells against the damage done by metabolic stress, may actually accelerate cancer growth

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Re: Do antioxidants accelerate cancer?
« Reply #1 on: 05/02/2014 11:08:17 »
It would make sense that a well-nourished cancer with lots of vitamins and antioxidants would grow more vigorously than a malnourished one.

Perhaps this is why Tumour Necrosis Factor, one of the body's weapons against cancer, causes the patient to become gaunt and emaciated.

Some cancer clinics have experimented with a restrictive diet for a few days before anti-cancer therapy, as aggressive tumours seem unable to control their runaway growth, and effectively starve themselves, while normal cells go into partial hibernation, which provides some protection against the anti-cancer drugs.