Can Vitamins Shorten Your Life?
May 06, 2008
Recent research suggests that certain vitamin supplements do not extend life, and could even lead to a premature death.
A review of 67 studies found "no convincing evidence" that antioxidant supplements cut the risk of dying, and vitamins A and E can actually interfere with the body's natural defenses.
Antioxidants are thought to prevent damage to the body's tissues called "oxidative stress" by eliminating the molecules called "free radicals" which cause it. Oxidative stress has been implicated in several major diseases, including cancer and heart disease.