A recent study published has found that vitamins like Vitamin C and E could potentially stimulate the growth of new blood vessels within cancer cells.
This unexpected outcome challenges the previous belief that antioxidants have a protective effect against cancer.
The study revealed that antioxidants can activate a mechanism that encourages cancer tumors to form new blood vessels, which nourish the tumors and promote their growth and spread.
However, it’s important to note that this effect occurs with excessive levels of antioxidants, such as those found in supplements, and may not apply to antioxidants from normal dietary sources.
Researchers are now exploring ways to use this knowledge to develop more effective anti-angiogenesis therapies for cancer treatment, especially in cases where tumors exhibit high levels of certain proteins related to this process.
This discovery could pave the way towards more effective anti-angiogenesis therapies for cancer treatment, with potential applications in several types of cancer, such as breast, kidney and skin cancer.
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