A discussion of potential prooxidant effects of carotene is included in a later chapter on antioxidant vitamins and cancer the most useful chapters in the book are those that review the available research on the effects of antioxidant vitamins and carotene on cardiovascular diseases cancer and cataracts. Evidence of epidemiological associations of vitamins and disease states have been found for nine vitamins in observational studies people with a high intake of antioxidant vitamins by regular diet or as food supplements generally have a lower risk of major chronic disease such as myocardial infarction or stroke than people who are low consumers of antioxidant vitamins. Most research teams reported that vitamin e and other antioxidant supplements didnt protect against heart disease or cancer one study even showed that taking beta carotene may actually increase the chances of developing lung cancer in smokers on the other hand some trials reported benefits for example after 18 years of follow up the . Antioxidant vitamins and health cardiovascular disease cancer cataracts and aging claude fernand bourgeois home worldcat home about worldcat help search search for library items search for lists search for cardiovascular disease cancer cataracts and aging en . Rigorous scientific studies involving more than 100000 people combined have tested whether antioxidant supplements can help prevent chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases cancer and cataracts in most instances antioxidants did not reduce the risks of developing these diseases
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