oa South African Family Practice - The antioxidant controversy and cancer

Volume 51, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Many oncologists, if not most, generally advise their patients to stop taking antioxidants during chemotherapy and radiotherapy. They believe that these therapy modalities depend partly on free radical effects and therefore antioxidants would be counterproductive. In this article I wish to address this issue, and whether this advice is based on any reasonable science or is just a point of view.

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