Vitamins and Minerals Protecting Against Cancer

There are also some important minerals, vitamins and other substances in food that has been linked to helping protect the body against cancer. Here are some of the most studied vitamins, minerals and other compounds in food and how they work to keep you cancer free:


Antioxidants destroy free radicals in the body. Free radicals injure cells in the body and since cell damage is linked with cancer, antioxidants are thought to be beneficial in protecting the body against the development of cancer.


Beta-carotene is an antioxidant. Some studies have shown, though, that increased consumption of beta-carotene can have a negative effect on the body. If consumed in moderation, though, a person can benefit from its antioxidant properties.


Calcium have been linked with helping to prevent colorectal cancer because it helps to reduce the number of polyps. The recommended level of calcium is no more than 1,200 mg per day. It is important to stick to the recommended dosage because getting too much calcium can cause adverse effects on the body.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an antioxidant. Besides it’s antioxidant properties, it also helps to keep tissue in the body healthy.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps to boost the immune system. A healthy immune system has been linked with protecting the body against cancer.

Vitamin D

Many studies have shown that vitamin D may be beneficial in protecting against certain cancers.



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