10 misconceptions about antioxidants

By Kacey Culliney

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Posted by Frank M.,

It is true that "erroneous statements don't get corrected" but this applies to supplements in general, not just to antioxidants. But it's worse as even corrected statements continue to be ignored and the old erroneous claims repeated. A good example of this is the recent release of an anti-vitamin book by Dr. Offit in which he makes many false claims by omitting to refer to evidence that had corrected prior erroneous claims (see http://www.supplements-and-health.com/vitamin-benefits.html ). Much of it has to do with politics.

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No way to fight it....

Posted by Nuck,

These people are right. In particular sellers of dietary supplements are ruthless when it comes to marketing their products - they will tell the customer what he wants to hear, not the truth, necessarily.

A popular supplement with anti-oxidant qualities is Chaga, which is based on a medicinal fungus. Chaga became a hype, due to health-gurus like David Wolfe. Many supplement sellers are now piggybacking on this hype.

The health claims made for Chaga are in general simply idiotic and based on copy-pasting poorly understood or purely invented numbers and statements from the internet, without ever looking into sources. This includes the anti-oxidant claims, which are in general based on alleged research from TUFTS University (US). However, this university never researched Chaga, according to their own statement, but the anti-oxidant claims based on this alleged research are found everywhere. SOD value: xxxx units!!!! (SOD is destroyed in the stomach, so it's useless to consume it orally, but this is a side note...) And it's impossible to fight this misinformation. Because of human nature.

People prefer beautiful lies, every time.

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