Dr Oz: Carotenoids, Flavonoids & Isothiocyanates: Antioxidants For Cancer


Dr Oz: Cancer Fighting Antioxidants

Dr Oz did a segment called Cancer Fighting Antioxidant All-Stars, which included a list of the top three Cancer Fighting Antioxidants: Carotenoids, Flavonoids and Isothiocyanates.  Plus, he did a segment on how to get the most Antioxidants out of your food (click here to read the recap for that: Dr Oz: How To Make Tea That Prevents Cancer).  The ability to fight cancer lies largely in the hands of Antioxidants, which is why companies have started advertising them everywhere.  In fact, even Snapple has an Antioxidant Water product now.  Why are Antioxidants so good for you?  What is an Antioxidant?  What foods have Antioxidants in them?  What are examples of some Antioxidants?  Doctor Oz and Dr William Li, a Cancer Prevention Pioneer, did this segment to answer all of these questions and more!

Dr Oz: What Is An Antioxidant?

Dr William Li said that Antioxidants are laced naturally into food and they help to protect our DNA and healthy cells from the damage caused by Free Radicals. Dr Oz Cancer Fighting Antioxidants So that brings us to the next question – what are Free Radicals?  They are all of the nasty things in our environment like smoke, pollution and fried foods, all of which can cause Cancer.

Dr Oz: Carotenoid Skin Test

Dr Oz has everyone in his audience take a Skin Carotenoid Test, which takes about 90 seconds and is a good way to gauge the level of antioxidants in your body. The Carotenoid scores ranged from about 10,000 to 50,000+.  The lowest range was red, followed by orange, and the the top two ranges were green and blue.  Doctor Oz said that you want to be in the blue or green ranges, but unfortunately most of the people in his audience were int he red and orange ranges, which is where most of America is.  Almost 40% of people in his audience was in the lowest category possible.  37.1% of people from his audience were in the second lowest category, which is still dangerously low.  Only 6% of Dr Oz’s audience was in the blue and green ranges.  This means that most people are getting only 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables per day at best, rather than 5-9 servings.



  1. Kate Schramm says

    Unfortunately, as much as I love Dr. Oz, so many of the things he recommends I cannot eat.
    I suffer from gout and am on a low purine diet to keep my uric acid levels low. I wish Dr. Oz would do a show on achieving a good diet, but one that is low in purines. That means no sardines, lean meats, chicken breasts, etc. I get all my protein from egg whites, whey, and limited amounts of soy.

  2. Minnette Gladfelter says

    Thank you for the tip on tea….I drink about 6 cups a day, but I usually use milk..now I am switching to lemon..I also like loose tea, but it is hard to find any selection at the supermarket. I am going to look on line and also visit a health food store. Thanks for all the tips to help keep us healthy…..I am 67 and like being active and love food.

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