To Help Prevent Breast Cancer, Take Antioxidants

Published: September 21, 2012

Want to dramatically improve your odds of not getting breast cancer? A new study shows that supplementing your diet with antioxidants can help.

Canadian researchers studied nearly 5,000 pre- and postmenopausal women, half of which had breast cancer, and half of which did not. They looked at many different risk factors for the disease, including intake of antioxidants from diet and supplements. The level of risk reduction associated with taking zinc or antioxidants for 10 years or longer was, well, astounding:

  • Zinc supplementation: 54% lower risk (premenopausal)
  • Beta-carotene: 42% lower risk (postmenopausal)
  • Vitamin E: 25% lower risk (postmenopausal)
  • Vitamin C: 21% lower risk (postmenopausal)
  • Multi-vitamin: 26% lower risk (postmenopausal)

Another benefit of a good multivitamin!


"Antioxidants and breast cancer risk — a population-based, case-control study in Canada." Pan SY, Zhou J, et al. BMC Cancer. 2011 Aug 24; 11(1): 372.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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