Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Vitamins A, C and E are 'a waste of time and may even shorten your life

Vitamins A, C and E are 'a waste of time and may even shorten your life'| News | This is London
"Vitamins taken by around a third of the population do not extend life and may even cause premature death, according to a respected group of international scientists...After reviewing 67 studies involving more than 230,000 men and women, the experts say there is no convincing evidence that taking supplements of the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E can make you healthier...Vitamin A was linked to a 16 per cent increase in mortality, beta-carotene - the pigment found in carrots, tomatoes and broccoli which the body converts into vitamin A - to a 7 per cent increase and vitamin E to a 4 per cent increase. However, there was no significant detrimental effect caused by vitamin C..."

This isn't surprising and in line with other meta studies. By now the message is clear, try and get these vitamins through fruit and vegetables. If one is looking to increase longevity a bit beyond exercise and diet then compounds that increase endogenous antioxidants are an entirely different matter. There are plenty of such compounds - a few are: bacopa, curcumin, cocoa, milk thistle, ashwagandha, alpha lipoic acid, tea extracts, resveratrol and so on.

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