Lay off the antioxidants – maybe

March 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

I do have one BIG personal caveat though: this is a meta-study, ie the authors looked through a gazillion of old studies and did some statistical wizardry on this. And the effects are “small” in the absolute sense (12% vs 10%) and only when one certain type of data analysis is applied. Nevertheless…

We found no evidence to support antioxidant supplements for primary or secondary prevention. Beta-carotene and vitamin E seem to increase mortality, and so may higher doses of vitamin A.

via Conditioning Research: Lay off the antioxidants.

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