Whole foods more effective than supplements at fighting lung cancer

Whole foods more effective than supplements at fighting lung cancer

It is important to understand that positive nutrient effects have been shown mainly with the consumption of vitamin-and-mineral-rich plant foods, rather than with vitamin and mineral supplements. In fact, results from large, controlled trials of beta-carotene supplementation do not show benefits in lung cancer prevention. Instead, it had the opposite effect. Smokers with lung cancer succumbed more quickly to the disease after taking high doses of beta-carotene. The reason for this is not entirely clear. However, it may have to do with the fact that vegetables and fruits contain hundreds of different carotenoids, while beta-carotene pills give you only beta-carotene. The result may be an altered absorption of other carotenoids or perhaps other vitamins. So go natural, and let a nice variety of plant foods supply the perfect balance of nutrients.

Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer, Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine.

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