For years, the word “antioxidant” has been synonymous with disease-fighting for most of us, but too much of the compounds just might be bad for you.
The antioxidant supplements beta carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E may increase the risk of death rather than helping health, a new review suggests. A researcher group from Denmark published in The Journal of the American Medical Association their study conclusion. They say, based on their analysis of 68 studies on more than 25,000 people, that some of the most common antioxidants increase the risk of dying.
“Beta carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E given singly or combined with other antioxidant supplements significantly increase mortality”
Dr. Goran Bjelakovic of the Center for Clinical Intervention Research in Copenhagen and his colleagues wrote.
The team said that “Antioxidant supplements are synthetic and not subjected to the same rigorous toxicity studies as other pharmaceutical agents” so that’s why they could do more harm then good.
The best source of antioxidants is the food, so instead of taking pills, you should try to eat more healthy foods:
- For Vitamin A and beta-carotene: apricots, carrots and pumpkin
- For Vitamin E: avocado, nuts and seeds.
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