Posted on Sep 12, 2011, 6 a.m.
People who take antioxidant vitamin supplements may be at reduced risk of death due to cancer, as well as reduced risk of premature death in-general.
Antioxidants are compounds that are capable of neutralizing free radical damage in cells, and may help to prevent oxidative-stress related diseases. Researchers involved in the Heidelberg cohort of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC-Heidelberg) analyzed data collected on 23,943 participants without pre-existing cancer and myocardial infarction/stroke at baseline, with vitamin/mineral supplementation assessed at baseline and during follow-up. After an average follow-up time of 11 years, 1,101 deaths were documented (cancer deaths = 513 and cardiovascular deaths = 264). The team observed that subjects who consumed antioxidant vitamin supplements had a significantly reduced risk of cancer mortality, as well as all-cause mortality. The researchers submit that: “This cohort study suggests that supplementation of antioxidant vitamins might possibly reduce cancer and all-cause mortality.”
Kuanrong Li, Rudolf Kaaks, Jakob Linseisen, Sabine Rohrmann. “Vitamin/mineral supplementation and cancer, cardiovascular, and all-cause mortality in a German prospective cohort (EPIC-Heidelberg).” Eur J Nutrition, 21 July 2011.