Antioxidants – Multivitamins May Be Killing You

Disclaimer: I must note that we all see contradicting reports and studies on health issues. It seems that health scientist can not agree on many of our health problems or even what constitutes a healthy diet or life style.

We dose up on antioxidants as if they are the elixir of life. At best, they are probably ineffective. At worse, they may just send you to an early grave.

Our quest for better health may be killing us. Research is indicating that adding antioxidants and multivitamins to our daily diets may in fact be harmful to our bodies.

BBC report – why vitamin supplements could kill you Is a little long, but, still worth reading.

Antioxidants have a dark side. With increasing evidence that free radicals themselves are essential for our health, even their good side isn’t always helpful.

From start to finish, a healthy immune response depends on free radicals being there for us, within us. As geneticists Joao Pedro Magalhaes and George Church wrote in 2006: “In the same way that fire is dangerous and nonetheless humans learned how to use it, it now appears that cells evolved mechanisms to control and use free radicals.”

A study published in 2007 from the US National Cancer Institute, for instance, found that men that took multivitamins were twice as likely to die from prostate cancer compared to those who didn’t. And in 2011, a similar study on 35,533 healthy men found that vitamin E and selenium supplementation increased prostate cancer by 17%.

The best option is to get antioxidants from food because it contains a mixture of antioxidants that work together.
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables have been shown generally to be good for you. Not invariably, but generally that’s agreed to be the case. Although often attributed to antioxidants, the benefits of such a diet might hail from a healthy balance of pro-oxidants and other compounds whose roles aren’t yet fully understood.

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12 responses to “Antioxidants – Multivitamins May Be Killing You

  1. The lesson is easy: eat real food. However, so many forces clutter our minds and shelves because of the company owner’s desire to sell us stuff and our desire for easy living. We need more root cellars, and fewer processed edible options (I am reluctant to call the boxed stuff food).

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    Oscar

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  2. Amen! Couldn’t agree with you more. Even if there were respectable supplements, nature’s farmacy is always the best choice. Great that you are sharing this message.

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  3. I’ve always had a hunch that vitamin pills were a bad idea. For my mum and dad, they are very important but I have to say if they ever give me any, I put them in the bin.

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  4. Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” I believe he was right!

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  5. It always comes back to “eat real food,” not pills.

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  6. I to have been guilty of being tricked into taking a daily vitamin when in reality I should be eating better balanced meals.
    Happy Gardening

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  7. A lot of things are useless in a dose too small, life enhancing in a dose just right, and harmful in a dose to high. There is a widow of correct dosage. Finding that is sometimes not easy.

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  8. Wow! The more we learn about what is “good” for us, the more we understand eating good food and working hard is better. After reading this, I am quite glad that I quit trying to take a daily vitamin simply because I always forgot and then had to toss out a nearly full bottle because they were old. Now I just don’t waste the money. Thanks for another great post!!

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