DNA Pioneer Says Superfoods May Increase Cancer Risk
Many people believe antioxidant-rich superfoods such as blueberries and broccoli help fight cancer. But 85-year-old Nobel laureate James Watson now says oxygen molecules known as free radicals may actually be key to preventing cancer and anti-oxidants “may have caused more cancers than they prevented.”
According to Watson, free radicals can actually help manage diseased cells, and they may also prove instrumental in creating new cancer drugs.
“For as long as I have been focused on the curing of cancer, well-intentioned individuals have been consuming antioxidant nutritional supplements as cancer preventatives, if not actual therapies.” Watson wrote in a journal Open Biology. “In light of recent data strongly hinting that much of late-stage cancer’s untreatability may arise from its possession of too many antioxidants, the time has come to seriously ask whether antioxidant use much more likely causes than prevents cancer.”
The American scientist said many studies have found antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E have “no obvious effectiveness in preventing stomach cancer or in lengthening life.” In fact, those who consume them—particularly vitamin E—tend to live slightly shortened lives.
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