The Truth About Antioxidants?

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I’ve written a number of articles in this space about how your diet can effect your physical and mental health. That topic has been a fairly popular one over the past couple of years and there has been plenty of research done to back the claims that certain foods can prevent certain illnesses or disorders. However, an extensive study including more than 5-thousand adults over a 14-year period has seemingly reversed the prevailing notion that antioxidants reduce the risk for dementia and stroke.

Ryan Jaslow reports for CBS News that nearly a quarter of the participants in the study suffered a stroke or developed dementia over the 14-year period despite regularly including antioxidants in their diets. Previous research suggested that eating those same antioxidants could reduce the risk of a stroke by up to 50-percent.

Experts are quick to point out, however, that this new study doesn’t necessarily mean antioxidants can’t be helpful in avoiding a stroke or dementia. These results suggest simply that the broad claim that eating any and all antioxidants improve your health is false. There could be specific foods and specific antioxidants that are helpful and those may have skewed results for previous studies.

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