In a recent article by The Washington Post, they discussed research published in the scientific journal Nature that supposedly proves antioxidants actually make cancer spread faster. But are the findings even based on reality? After all, it’s not very difficult for smart people to engineer studies to confirm the “truth” they want you to believe.
Antioxidants are in thousands of foods – most notably fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. Do you really think it’s a coincidence that this study is being publicized in the wake of hundreds of articles discussing natural prevention that actually works? Hmm.
So, these researchers at Texas Southwestern Medical Center injected human cancer cells into rats and then dosed them with N-acetylcysteine, also known as acetylcysteine. Or, you may have heard of Mucomyst, it’s prescription drug name.
You see, while n-acetylsteine is commonly sold as a supplement and marketed as an antioxidant, it’s actually a common medication used to treat lung diseases and dissolve mucus. When naturally occurring in the body, it’s a derivative from the amino acid L-cysteine and is a precursor to the synthesis of antioxidants. It is not an antioxidant in and of itself though I’m not sure why anyone is surprised that injecting mice with cancer, and then feeding them amino acid derivatives – basically the building blocks of all the body cells – resulted in increased tumor growth.
It’s nice to know that another drug might cause cancer though.