Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation
Medically Reviewed by: Dr. Bautista
Updated on: November 25, 2019
How Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation Works
A large part of combating cancer is supporting your immune system so that it can properly maintain your health and fight cancer cells. Nutrient deficiency can impair your immune system and contribute to ongoing health issues. Some studies suggest that vitamin and mineral supplementation may reduce the risk of secondary cancers.
Most patients take immune-stabilizing nutrients and antioxidants. Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals, which can contribute to cell damage and weaken the immune system. This often includes vitamin C, vitamin D, and selenium.
Along with effects on the immune system, taking a vitamin and mineral supplement may help to reduce the toxicity and side effects characteristic of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In some studies, nutrient supplementation was found to actually improve the effectiveness of these therapies.
How Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation Is Administered
Vitamin and mineral supplements most commonly come in the form of oral capsules that can be taken daily, though intravenous infusions and injections may also be administered. The exact nutrient and dosage will vary based on your specific needs. Avoid taking antioxidant supplements without first consulting with your doctor as certain nutrients may counteract the effects of other treatments.
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