To really answer that question you first need to have a better understanding of the role of free radicals.
What are Free Radicals?
They are highly reactive chemicals that have the potential to harm cells. They form naturally in the body and play a role in many normal cell processes. But, when they are at high concentrations in the body they can be damaging to the body and the major parts of your cells, including DNA. The damage caused to cell DNA may play a role in the development of cancers and other health issues.
High concentrations of Free Radicals can be caused by environmental chemicals and toxins, like cigarette smoke and some metals. Ionizing radiation like from medical imaging (X-ray and CT scans), can increase the levels too.
What do Antioxidants do?
They are chemicals that can neutralize free radicals. Simply put, they prevent the free radicals from damaging the cells. If you can prevent or reduce the number of cells that get damaged you can hopefully prevent the associated health issues. That makes sense right?
Where do we get Antioxidants?
Our bodies can make some antioxidants but the main sources come from our diets. Mainly these come from eating Fruits, Vegetables and Grains. We get plenty of those right? Additionally you can use dietary supplements.
Can Antioxidants help prevent cancer?
This is THE question right? Well its not a clear answer actually. As we know the human body is very complicated and there are many factors in being able to test the effectiveness of any high antioxidant diet on preventing cancer. Since cancers can take a long time to develop it is difficult to determine the effectiveness of any dietary regimen.
According to studies done in the lab on animals there has been some evidence that increased levels of antioxidants can prevent the types of free radical damage that are associated with cancer development. The studies done on humans are not as clear unfortunately. It could be many things, but it does follow that the better your diet, the better your health.
Testing of Antioxidant effects
There is evidence on both sides of the coin here. You need to do your own research. There are some studies that did not show a impact on free radicals or cancer development and a few that do show a positive result. Keep in mind there are different type of antioxidants. They are not all created equal and the amount and type working together may be an important factor.
Do your own research, make up your own mind and always learn more. The doctors are still learning and so should we. Here is an interesting report on a product called Galaxy. From what I have read, its one of the antioxidant blends that shows some positive results in destroying cancer cells. You can review the actual lab test results below and make your own determination. There are two reports.
Antioxidant, Anticancer Activity, and Other Health Effects of a Nutritional Supplement (Galaxy®)
Cytotoxicity of Nutritional Supplement Galaxy® against HepG2 Hepatocellular Carcinoma
These are both studies performed and written by Doctors so they are bit technical and deep. Take a copy to your doctor and get their opinion if you need to. After I read them have been taking it daily ever since. After about a month I noticed significant improvement in energy and over all health. I think I needed to detoxify my system initially. I have not had a cold or flu since I have been drinking Galaxy. You only drink about 2 teaspoons daily of this great tasting blend.
You will need to make up your own mind.
So what do we do about all this?
I recall something Pat Zifferblatt co-founder with her husband of the Better Life Institute said to me many years ago. She said ” Nutritional supplements may not cure anything, but they do help your body to heal itself and they may delay the onset of disease and illness that you may be genetically predisposed to.”
That really made sense to me. Basically your health and longevity may be mainly due to your genetics, your environment and what you do to yourself as far as diet and self care. So if you are genetically predisposed to get a specific illness doesn’t it make sense that nutritional supplements can help your body and cells delay activating it to a much later date?
My plan is to increase the amounts of antioxidant rich foods in my diet as a preventive measure. Additionally I am taking the Galaxy High Antioxidant Blend Supplement on a daily basis. I have always been a big fan of supplements because my diet was not always the best. Sometimes now, my schedule and daily expectations of running a few businesses can make it difficult to balance the daily dietary needs with real life.
If you are interested in learning more check out those reports above and read for yourself. Get your doctors opinion of the Dr. Gary Booth findings and ultimately do what’s best for you and your family.
If you want to check out more about the Galaxy just let me know. I can send you more information. and check it out.
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