<, the link is an analysis of the antioxidant potential of some foods, not a study of their effectiveness for disease. The other link is a also news story on the antioxidant potential of some foods.>
Thanks - Postop - for your comments.. Trust me, that I am not trying to be argumentative, and I have nothing to sell, but I just find it so interesting that there are almost overwhelming numbers of comments about Anti-Oxidants and Cancer Prevention and Cure and you have even identified the very point that I make.
I am just trying to make the link between the comments and claims and some of the more official documentation, about Anti-Oxidants..
Comments/observations from the American Cancer Foundation, practical tests by the Govt. Agriculture Research Unit... Whether one is prepared to accept the LINK between Anti-Oxidant and Prevention/Cure is then up to the individual
Lets go back to the very first post....
<Has anyone tried this? Inositol Hexaphosphate or IP-6?>
"Proponents call IP6 a "natural cancer fighter" and claim it slows or reverses the growth of various forms of cancer, including breast, colon, and prostate cancers. It is thought to be an antioxidant, a compound that blocks the action of free radicals, activated oxygen molecules that can damage cells. "
So in answer to the first thread question by Fairwind, I would first say - NO - I have not tried it - but - yes, I would consider it's potential.
So, Fairwind, would I use IP-6 --- YES --- but I would ask you, "Why would you stop at just one Anti-Oxidant"
If I can quote Innsbruck Medical University, report by Neuwirt
"Oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPC) are extracted from grape seeds or maritime pine bark and have been used for enhancement of capillary stability and lymphatic drainage. Since a role for OPC in cancer prevention was postulated, we asked whether they have an effect on prostate cancer cells................>>...........In summary, we present evidence that OPC that is contained in fruits, vegetables, and green tea cause inhibition of growth of prostate cancer cells through activation of mechanisms that lead to a G1 growth arrest and induction of apoptosis. Future studies with aim to assess its chemoprevention potential in vivo seem to be justified."
or the ---- Boston Childrens Hospital..
"At least eight double-blind, placebo-controlled trials have demonstrated significant benefits of OPC products for patients with peripheral edema and/or chronic venous insufficiency. In two French studies in normal adults, OPCs improved night vision and recovery from glare. In experiments on adults who smoked at least 15 cigarettes daily, OPCs were as effective as aspirin in preventing smoking-induced platelet reactivity and aggregation but did not affect bleeding time. In a single-blinded randomized, placebo-controlled cross-over study, those who received OPCs had significantly increased serum total antioxidant activity. Epidemiologic evidence links diets high in OPCs, such as those including red wine, with lower risks of cardiovascular disease, but there are no prospective randomized, controlled trials evaluating the effects of OPCs on prevention or treatment of cardiovascular disease.."
So - if one is prepared to accept the US ARU analysis of the extent and possible value of Anti-Oxidants ( OPC's, Resveratrol , etc. etc.) in various foods and you recognise that just some of the many formal studies supporting the benefits of these OPC's are correct, then we all have something to consider.
Either eat the best foods (highest ORAC) or try supplements containing concentrated extracts of those same foods.
OR - If you subscribe to the theory that nothing is proven, then do nothing, and just enjoy life !