Newsweek goes insane, says antioxidants bad for health

Saturday, February 05, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff

 

Just when you think you’ve heard it all, a major mainstream media source goes off the deep end and says that natural antioxidants can kill you. Yes, you heard that right. Citing a few sketchy studies that contradict the bulk of published research on the subject, a report inNewsweek, presumably intended to be taken seriously, actually alleges that the antioxidants found naturally in fruits, vegetables, and various superfoods, are dangerous to your health. And you just might want to stop taking them, the report humorously states.

Of course, the idea that naturalantioxidantsare harmful to health is complete nonsense, as countless studies have shown they boost immunity, prevent oxidative damage, protect against the negative effects ofaging, and generally improve overall health (http://www.naturalnews.com/antioxid…). Nevertheless, some in the mainstream media seem hellbent on slandering the very nutritional components that give us life, while remaining largely silent about the numerous detriments brought about by conventional medical interventions like pharmaceutical drugs.

TheNewsweekpiece quotes a British “chemist andsciencewriter” named David Bradley as saying that “oxidizing agents,” also known asfree radicals, are a “front-line of immune defense against pathogens andcancercells.” He goes on to claim that because antioxidants eliminate these free radicals, they are damaging tohealth.

But the foundational science behind both antioxidants and the oxidative agents they target completely contradicts Bradley’s unfounded statement. Oxidative stress causes the body’s cells to become damaged, and this cell damage leads to a host of chronic diseases, not to mention rapid aging and health deterioration. It is the antioxidants that scavenge and root out these damaging offenders and protect thebodyfrom harm, not the other way around as theNewsweekpiece suggests.

What the report suggests is to eliminate the very components needed by the body to protect against things likeheart diseaseand cancer, in order to protect against heartdiseaseand cancer. It literally makes no sense at all. And urging people to avoid antioxidants based on this flawed hypothesis is nothing more than highly irresponsible conjecture, which is best ignored for the sake of public health.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.anh-usa.org/newsweek-pub…

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/031218_Newsweek_antioxidants.html#ixzz1D7JSd6zB

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2 Responses to “Newsweek goes insane, says antioxidants bad for health”

  1. “Nevertheless, some in the mainstream media seem hellbent on slandering the very nutritional components that give us life, while remaining largely silent about the numerous detriments brought about by conventional medical interventions like pharmaceutical drugs.”

    Grace, you hit the nail on the head. It seems as though there is a conspiricy to destroy all that is natural. Nature has provided antioxidants in our food to help our bodies function optimally. But as usual, man is arrogant enougn to believe that he knows better than nature. Man believes that he can do a better job than nature with chemicals concocted in a lab.

    Think about what life would be like with out the in our food. More sickness and diseases. I am sure the prescription drug industry will really be booming then.

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