Last year, it was already reported that findings from Copenhagen University contradicted the findings of observational studies that antioxidants improve health.

Goran Bjelakovic of the Center for Clinical Intervention Research, Copenhagen University Hospital and colleagues said that “There are several possible explanations for the negative effect of antioxidant supplements on mortality. Although oxidative stress has a hypothesized role in the pathogenesis of many chronic diseases, it may be the consequence of pathological conditions. By eliminating free radicals from our organism, we interfere with some essential defensive mechanisms . Antioxidant supplements are synthetic and not subjected to the same rigorous toxicity studies as other pharmaceutical agents.” They concluded that “Better understanding of mechanisms and actions of antioxidants in relation to a potential disease is needed

Now, the researchers there are telling us that taking vitamin supplements can make us die faster. The risk of premature death is up to 16% – yes, because we are interfering with our body’s natural defense system.

Can 67 studies involving 230,000 healthy people really be the truth for all people in the world that there is ā€œno convincing evidence that any of the antioxidants (beta-carotene, Vitamin A and Vitamin E) helped to prolong life expectancy” but instead “showed increased rates of mortalityā€ ?

A supplement-industry trade group questions both the review conclusions and the study selection process for the analysis. Andrew Shao, Ph.D., vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a supplement industry trade association in Washington, D.C. maintained that antioxidant supplements are safe additions to a healthy diet.

He said that “Four hundred five studies which showed no deaths were excluded from the meta-analysis, which if included, clearly would have altered the outcome of the meta-analysis.

Meanwhile, the earth continues to turn and supplements continue to be popped in.

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