More Vitamin C

Published: Friday 31 December 1999

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health, USA, have recommended that the daily allowance of Vitamin C for human beings should be doubled or tripled because there is evidence of its cancer-fighting ability. Mark Levine, the lead author of the report said the recommendation reflected a growing body of research showing that five servings of fruit and vegetables a day could help prevent cancer. But researchers studying vitamins say it is difficult to tell whether benefits come from vitamins plus other food components or from components of the food containing the vitamins.

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