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“Antioxidant Era Is Over”

The headline in the September 2015 issue of U.S. News & World Report read, “The Antioxidant Era is Over – and What’s Next?”  I have extensively written and researched the subject of antioxidants for the past fifteen years.  In over 500 scientific studies, I have repeatedly pointed out the ineffectiveness and the potential harm of ingesting excess levels of so-called antioxidants.  In short, there is no evidence from randomized controlled trials that any specific diets or dietary supplements prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, strokes, cancer or heart disease.  Clearly, excessive levels of supplemental antioxidants have been shown to increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, strokes and overall mortality.  Essentially, if a person does not have a known vitamin deficiency, a person is wasting their hard earned money on a product that can cause serious damage or an early demise.  In the new article, Janet Helm states, “The public was once enamored by antioxidants.  This technical-sounding term used to be plastered on food and beverage labels — from cereal, snack bars, chips and chocolate to juices, tea and even soft drinks…but, the number of such claims has plummeted.

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