By Ralph W. Moss

Learn the way antioxidants lessen the side-effects of chemotherapy and will even make it more desirable.

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The Synthetic Carotene Issue The distinction between natural and synthetic supplements is controversial, but scientists have shown there can be important differences between the two. As noted, CARET participants were given a synthetic form of beta-carotene. This may have affected the results. In 1989, Israeli researchers showed that natural beta-carotene contains a balanced mixture of chemicals. There is also a tenfold higher accumulation of natural beta-carotene in the livers of lab animals than of synthetic beta-carotene.

E significantly reduced the toxicity of cisplatin in experimental animals. The levels of detoxification enzymes were also significantly increased by vitamin E. cisplatin. The authors called this mixture a "promising compound for reducing cisplatin-toxic side effects" including kidney toxicity. 42, 60, 1s2, 181, 358, 399) Vttamin E and Radiation Does vitamin E interfere with the effects of radiation therapy? On the contrary, most studies have shown that vitamin E protects against radiation's side effects.

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