Antioxidants and Healthy Breasts

A study reported by researchers from the University of Louisiana in Monroe indicates antioxidants can help women retain healthy breasts.

The study focused on palm tocotrienols, an antioxidant in the vitamin E family. The research suggests the compound may help reduce the risk of breast cancer. Tocotrienols are super antioxidants thought to be a chemopreventive agent that may inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells.

When used with Tamoxifen, palm tocotrienols were found to increase the drug's effectiveness as a treatment for breast cancer. "Women need to take the necessary steps to treat or prevent breast cancer, even at an early age," said Dr. Paul Sylvestor of the Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy. "Women have so many factors: age, gender and genetics working against them to increase their chances of developing breast cancer. Every woman should consider taking a supplement to prepare her body to fight it."

Culinary/Medicinal Herbs Sources of Dietary Antioxidants

J Nutr, 5/03

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