Dr Oz: Do Antioxidants Cause Cancer?
Dr. Oz has stunning news about antioxidants that will leave you wondering if you should stop taking them altogether. The vitamins you have always been told are good for preventing disease, especially cancer, could actually be causing you more harm than good. Dr. Oz weighs in and offers a plan to keep you safe and healthy.
Dr Oz: Thinner This Year Review
Most of us have bottle after bottle of vitamins that contain antioxidants promising to keep us healthy and protect us from cancer, but is it possible that taking too many could actually be dangerous? Dr. Oz says new research shows that taking antioxidants in large doses can, in fact, cause harm and may even lead to cancer rather than prevent it.
Dr. Jennifer Sacheck, author of Thinner This Year, says the problem is not with foods, but taking too many supplements could put you at an increased risk for cancer. Dr. Oz explains that taking too little an amount is not good, but taking a megadose is bad as well, so he shared how to know the right amount of antioxidants to take without raising your risk for health problems.
The three most common antioxidants:
Vitamin A/Beta-Carotene: Red Zone = 10,000 IU, which puts you at risk for liver problems.
Vitamin C: Red Zone = 2,000 MG, which increases your risk for stomach issues.
Vitamin E: Red Zone = 1,500 IU, which puts you at risk for blood clotting.
Dr. Oz says while you will not die if you take such high amounts of these vitamins, he does say they can begin to cause health problems when taken in such high doses, so you need to be aware of the ‘Red Zone’.
Dr Oz: Daily Antioxidant Dosage Recommendation
Dr. Oz says there is actually a “just right” amount of antioxidants you can take every day to help prevent disease, but not put your health at risk and he asked Dr. Sacheck to explain.
- Vitamin A: 2,500 – 3,500 IU per day
- Vitamin C: 60 – 100 MG per day
- Vitamin E: 20 – 50 IU per day
When looking for a multivitamin these are the amounts to look for on the label in order to get the best and safest amount of antioxidants every day.
Dr Oz: Antioxidant Food Sources
Dr. Oz says that foods are always the best way to get your daily dose of vitamins and what is great is that you do not need to worry about toxicity, negative effects, or cancer from eating too many antioxidant-rich foods.
- ½ Cantaloupe = daily dose of Vitamin A
- ½ Orange = daily dose of Vitamin C
- ½ cup Almonds = daily dose of Vitamin E
Dr. Sacheck recommends sticking to whole foods rather than fortified, processed foods to get the vitamins you need every day. It is okay to eat the fortified foods in a pinch, but just not every day.