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International Business Times: Dietary antioxidants boost cancer cells to spread faster

While dietary antioxidants have long been touted to help prevent cancer, a new study claims otherwise, revealing that these molecules cause the cancer cells to spread more quickly.

A team of scientists from the Children’s Research Institute at University of Texas Southwestern, or CRI, found that healthy people do benefit from antioxidants. However, the researchers advise cancer patients against infusing large doses of antioxidants on their diets, according to the study which appeared in the journal Nature.

In an experiment, the researchers transplanted melanoma cells from human patients to rats to observe metastasis, or the process by which cancer cells disseminate from their primary site to other parts of the body. Metastasis often leads to the death of most cancer patients.

Continue reading at the International Business Times.

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