So what’s the story with antioxidants? Do they make a difference or not? If you listen to the buzz, you end up more confused than ever.
- According to Julian Whitaker, M.D., “The jury has reached a verdict and I urge my medical colleagues to listen carefully. It’s no longer a question of should our patients be taking antioxidant supplements, but rather which ones and why. It’s time that physicians recognize the value of the growing body of research showing the many health benefits of natural antioxidants.”
- But if you listen to Stephen Barrett, M.D. at http://www.quackwatch.org (very worthwhile for a contrary perspective), “There is widespread scientific agreement that eating adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables can help lower the incidence of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. With respect to antioxidants and other phytochemicals, the key question is whether supplementation has been proven to do more good than harm. So far, the answer is no, which is why the FDA will not permit any of these substances to be labeled or marketed with claims that they can prevent disease.” >