What are co-factors?

Dr. Doris Day, MD
Co-factors are another category of nutrients that are not antioxidants, but they boost the overall antioxidant ability of cells. Manganese, copper, and zinc are some common co-factors. They promote the production of important enzymes that give you a more complete protection against oxidative damage. These are being added into skin care products as well as to foods and vitamins with the goal of getting them to reach the skin where they are needed. You need only small amounts of these since their job is to boost and support other processes and so they don’t get used up as quickly and are not needed in large amounts. We are seeing more and more research that shows not only the anti-aging benefits of these nutrients, but also the anti-cancer benefits. These nutrients are thought possibly to have anti-cancer benefits for a variety of cancers such as colon and prostate. I would emphasize however that this is not a panacea. It is through regular screening that cancers are found and treated early.

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