Knowledge is Power: Synthetic Antioxidants May Increase Risk of Death


The results of several studies on affects of synthetic antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and selenium were published in American Medical Association journal. 


 


In summary:


“We did not find convincing evidence that antioxidant supplements have beneficial effects on mortality. Even more, beta carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E seem to increase the risk of death. Further randomized trials are needed to establish the effects of vitamin C and selenium.”


 


However,


“Because we examined only the influence of synthetic antioxidants, our findings should not be translated to potential effects of fruits and vegetables.”


 


Read it for yourself — the reprint is available he at http://www.nzhealthtrust.co.nz/pdf/JAMA_antiox.pdf.


 


 


Special thanks for Estera S. for bringing this to my attention.


 


 


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