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The Antioxidant water-soluble fat-soluble and mineral groups - vitaminsThe Antioxidant GroupDaily announcements about cancer-fighting antioxidants are commonplace in magazines newspapers and television Experts encourage us to achieve adequate amounts of these nutrients through diet To adjust the diet accordingly one must know what foods are high in antioxidant vitamins and minerals Knowledge is not the only obstacle restricting sufficient consumption of the recommended antioxidant rich foods For most us our lifestyles discourage proper eating habits Vitamin and mineral supplementation should be a simple and practical solution to insure appropriate amounts in the diet Unfortunately much confusion still exists regarding the vitamins and minerals that make up this antioxidant group The question arises to which supplements and what dosages are optimum to reduce the risk factors for developing specific cancersNutrients that include carbohydrates proteins fats water vitamins and minerals are necessary for our bodies to function properly Vitamins and minerals or coenzymes work with our bodies natural enzymes making them more efficient Nutritionists categorize nutrients into groups depending on our bodys use The two groups of vitamins are water-soluble and fat-soluble The human body either uses or eliminates water-soluble vitamins in two to four days Lieberman 14 Toxic side effects are not a concern with water-soluble vitamins because the body does not store them Lieberman 14 The body stores fat-soluble vitamins Because toxicity is possible with fat-soluble vitamins avoid large doses Lieberman 14 The two groups of minerals are macro minerals the bulk minerals and micro minerals the trace minerals The body stores minerals in bones and muscle tissue It is possible to overdose on minerals Taking extremely large doses over a prolonged time can produce ill effects from both vitamins and minerals Lieberman 1314Hendler 35Each of the four groups contains cancer-fighting vitamins and mineralsWATER-SOLUBLE VITAMIN GROUPIncluded in the water-soluble group is Vitamin C Vitamin C also known as ascorbic acid boosts the immune system by enhancing the white blood cells effectiveness Hendler 87 Two other
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