For years we have looked at antioxidants as one of these magical substances that will cure our body from the destruction of free radicals and the physical destruction of the body.
New Scientist today has an article that questions the help of antioxidants to get rid of free radicals and even reports some reports and studies that support their case.
I'm not sure how much I can trust this story, but it's always important to look at the study with a critical eye and keep an eye on getting going. At the moment I will continue to take my vitamins and work to get as much antioxidants as possible in my diet.
Wondering what exactly is an antioxidant? Here's some information from Wikipedia:
Since the discovery of vitamins, it has been recognized that antioxidants from nutrition are essential for healthy life in humans and in many other mammals. More recently, a large body of evidence has been gathered to show that supplementing diet with different types of antioxidants can improve health and prolong life. Many nutraceutical and health food companies are currently selling antioxidant formulations as a dietary supplement. These supplements can include specific antioxidant chemicals such as resveratrol (from grape seed), combinations of antioxidants such as ACES products containing beta carotene (provitamin A), vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium. contain antioxidants such as green tea and jiaogulan. However, to date, the FDA has insufficient evidence to support health claims made on antioxidant supplementation (see Clinical Trials above).
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