Antioxidants – 10 Myths Everyone Should Know

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4. In addition to the antioxidants, you will need supplements

This is not necessarily true. Researchers suggest that instead of looking to supplements, you should add specific foods to your diet instead because the supplements haven’t had very impressive results, some even causing people more harm than good. One clinical study showed that those receiving 200 microgram supplements of selenium each day were more susceptible to another bout of nonmelanoma skin cancer if they had suffered from it before. Another study showed that participants who added selenium, or vitamin E, to their diets had a higher chance of getting prostate cancer by 17 percent over the next seven years.

 

5. All of the antioxidants do the same thing

Even though you may think that all antioxidants have been created equally, that is not the truth. There are different antioxidants that are effective on freeing special free radicals. One example of this is that vitamin C is able to recycle vitamin E. When vitamin E frees the free radical. the other vitamin switches E back to an antioxidant shape so it is able to take on extra free radicals.

 

6. If it lists antioxidants on the package, it will do wonders for your health

Some companies list their antioxidant properties on their packaging to get your attention. Just because they are listed on the package does not necessarily mean they are healthy for you. It was found that while some companies list their antioxidant claims, their product also has extra fat and sugar. You have a better chance of being healthy by going for more natural foods that have vitamin E and zinc such as dry-roasted almonds and lean beef.

 

7. It’s important to kill all the free radicals

While antioxidants are important in killing free radicals, they are not always the bad guys, but rather a part of the oxidation process that comes from the basic metabolism. Researchers agree they are important and help the defenses of the body. But having an abundance of free radicals can be a problem as well. At times, your regular antioxidant protection can become overwhelmed. There always needs to be a good amount of antioxidants available to take on the extra free radicals.

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