In between chemotherapy treatments, is it safe to take vitamins and herbs? I’ve read that antioxidants should be avoided.
It is safe to take vitamins and minerals and herbs while on chemotherapy. However, it is true that there may be an interaction between antioxidants and certain chemo drugs.
Stop taking any antioxidants two days before each chemotherapy session and resume two days after the session ends. That will prevent any possible interaction. The following vitamins and herbs are antioxidants: vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenes, selenium, and coenzyme Q10. Vitamin Bs, zinc, ginseng, garlic and astragalus are safe to take at all times.
Try to find a naturopathic physician in your area to help advise you on a comprehensive alternative plan in conjunction with your chemo. I wish you the best of health.