Response To The News Headlines On Antioxidants

Well, there has been quite some furore throughout the British media recently on the re-release of a previously discredited study that claims certain anti-oxidants pose health risks

“Killer pills?” – Guardian

Extreme headlines that are unjustified by the evidence.

Considering that the Cochrane Review in question eliminated hundreds of studies from their findings (648), and focused on just 67 (9%) in particular is peculiar enough, but statements from the researchers are even more puzzling

“Their impact on long-term health may not have been fully established and they cannot be assumed to be without risk” and then “If anything, people in trial groups given the antioxidants beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E showed increased rates of mortality.” Which is it we can only ask! More details please visit:- ไทลินอล ペアーズ メッセージ

Crucially, of the studies they did decide to include, 21 featured healthy people, but 46 of them were people “diagnosed with a specific disease in a stable phase”, including Parkinsons, Clinical Coronary disease, Hypertension and stroke victims, (many in their 60s and 70s). There is no reference to other dietary or lifestyle factors

“Informed” commentary defending the exclusion of trials has included statements such as “400 trials were excluded because there were no deaths in them. This Cochrane review was a study of deaths, comparing deaths on antioxidant pills to deaths on placebo pills”. If a study excludes those trials that show a benefit, then the results will inevitably be distorted.

An individual in their 70s with for example clinical coronary disease, (and unknown diet and lifestyle and drug interventions), is a high risk individual; arguably antioxidant interventions may have come too little too late if free radical damage and other degenerative issues have already had significant impact. It is the totality of diet and lifestyle over many years that lead to such serious health issues. We see no clear evidence that the few cases of mortality in question could be directly attributed to the antioxidants given.

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