Landing in hospital with cancer is about the worst thing that can happen to a person. Even with advancements in medicine, the exorbitant costs that we have to pay out of our pockets and the troubles we have to go through during treatment are unimaginable.

It may be a cliché but prevention is better than cure. Incidentally, do you know that antioxidants could help in preventing cancer?

Free radicals can destroy our cell structure and cell operation when there are too many hyper oxygen molecules attacking us, making the cells inflamed. When this occurs, we humans may develop cancer.    

A substance that can put a stop to this harmful occurrence is known as an antioxidant. Famous antioxidants include enzymes and other substances such as vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene which are able to fight the damaging effects of oxidation.  In everyday foods that we eat, we can also find antioxidants added into vegetable oils and processed foods. Besides cutting down cancer risks, it also slows down aging and related macular degeneration.

  

In fact there are also a wide variety of antioxidant supplements to take.  Anti-oxidant vitamins include vitamin A (retinol and carotenoids), vitamin C and vitamin E. They stop the neutralisation of highly reactive and unstable molecules. Antioxidants work hard to tie up these free radicals by taking away their destructive power. Not only will this cut down the risk of serious illness it also slows down the aging process.

Now the occurrence of free radicals is unavoidable as it is an ongoing natural process. Even as we breathe free radicals form. Oxidation also occurs whenever there is pollution, sunlight, consumption of alcohol and smoking. With so much oxidation occurring, it is only sensible that we take supplements to alleviate free radical damage.

On the issue of taking supplements, we need to understand the types of antioxidants to fully protect ourselves. There are fat soluble antioxidants, the ones that protect your cell outer layer from free radicals stealing electrons from fats. In addition, water soluble antioxidants are found in fluids like your blood and fluids within and around your cells. Some examples of water soluble antioxidants are vitamin C, polyphenols and glutathione. Then there are also protein antioxidants that flush out free radicals.  These antioxidants exist in a myriad of packages easily available in the market so you can just pick out the ones that you think will be most useful to you.