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Review Article
Antioxidants and Cancer

Nawazish A. Khan

Journal of Medical Sciences, 2002, 2(1), 38-43.


Certain types of cancers are attributed to the damaging effects on free radicals or reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced as a by product during the normal oxidative metabolism. It is a commonly held belief that the long-term regular supplement of antioxidants in appropriate quantities helps to minimize the harmful effects of ROS. This article provides a consolidated review on the existence, mechanism of action at molecular level, and effectiveness of antioxidants in cancer prevention. The studies reviewed here indicated that there is a growing evidence which suggested a preventive role played by antioxidants against fatal diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

ASCI-ID: 41-144

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