London - Women with breast cancer may live longer if they increase their intake of vitamin C, according to new research.
Scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden analysed ten previous studies involving 17 000 women with breast cancer and found this was the case if the women had the vitamin as part of their diet or in the form of a supplement.
Increasing the amount of vitamin C in the daily diet by 100mg — the amount found in a large orange — led to a 22 percent lower risk of death from their illness.
Women who used supplements after diagnosis had a 15 percent lower risk of dying prematurely due to the cancer.
Vitamin C works as an antioxidant and may protect against cell damage caused by free radicals, which have been linked with cancer. - Daily Mail