Although lifestyle factors are the most important steps to promote cervical health, several herbs and supplements can aid prevention of cervical disease. The following minimum amounts can help maintain healthy cervical tissue.

Carotene complex

30,000 IU beta-carotene per day combined with 30 mg lycopene per day

D-alpha tocopherol (vitamin E)

400 IU per day

Folic acid

800 mcg per day

Indole-3-carbinol

150 to 200 mg per day

Selenium

200 mcg per day

Vitamin C

1,000 mg twice a day

Zinc

30 mg per day

Sources: Nancy Welliver, ND, professor of botanical medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, and Robert Rountree, MD, Boulder Wellcare, Boulder, Colorado.

—Jena Hofstedt