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11/7/2016I had just asked the question about soy. I am very vigilant about checking all ingredients in foods, vitamins, etc. to make sure nothing elevates estrogen or might be potentially cancer causing. (I was stage 2 and had one lymph node involved.) Do I have to be concerned if, for example, one of the ingredients in my daily vitamin is known to have an effect on estrogen? I never really know where to draw the line! I shouldn't have referred just to soy, I actually meant anything that can elevate estrogen or cause/contribute to breast cancer. My multivitamin has 120 mcg of chromium piconlinate. I stopped taking it because I read reports that it may cause severe damage to chromosomes and gene mutation. So I'm trying to find a multi that doesn't have chromium picolinate or anything else that affects estrogen or is linked to cancer of any kind. I've been trying to lose weight and had started to take raspberry ketones (which were working great) but then read that there was speculation that it might be inappropriate for people with cancers that are sensitive to estrogen levels. So I stopped taking that.

I don't know just how careful I have to be with respect to taking vitamins/appetite suppressants that contain ingredients that either affect estrogen positively or could contribute to breast cancer! Should I continue stopping my multi that contains 120 mcg of picolinate? Should I stay away from anything that contains raspberry ketones?
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11/8/2016In general people don't need to take vitamin supplements. it is far better to get the vitamins and minerals we need through food. Do not however be concerned about the contents of a multivitamin. The philosophy is "when in doubt, leave it out."

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