Antioxidant supplements contain concentrated forms of antioxidants that keep your body’s cells healthy by combating damage caused free radicals.
Antioxidant supplements are well known for preventing the damage caused by free radicals to the body’s cells by promoting longevity and protection from disease.
However, taking antioxidants in high amounts is not recommended.
Why is Antioxidant not Good For You
Our body naturally produces free radicals while doing exercises, the more you exercise, the more free radicals will be produced. However, several studies have shown that taking antioxidant supplements specially vitamins C and E can interfere with how your body adapts to exercise and even eliminate some of the health benefits associated with exercise. It may decrease the performance of the exercise.
Several meta-analyses have shown that taking antioxidant supplements doesn’t reduce the risk of cancers. In fact, they may even increase the risk of certain cancers. Beta-carotene supplements, a precursor of vitamin A, increases the risk of bladder cancer and lung cancer in the people who smoke. Even pregnant women should not recommend the high dose of Vitamin A supplements.
Smoking causes many types of cancers because cigarette smoke contains toxins that cause oxidative damage to the body’s cells. So in this case research suggests that people who smoke need more of vitamin C than people who don’t smoke.
Yet, this additional need for vitamin C can be easily met through diet, without taking any supplements.
The most disappointing result is that it hasn’t stopped in food companies and supplement sellers companies. These antioxidant supplements are still added to breakfast cereals, sports bars, energy drinks, and other processed foods and promoted as additives that can prevent heart disease, cancer, cataracts, memory loss, and other conditions.
These supplements are considered healthy but can be harmful when taken in excess.
It’s recommended to consume antioxidant from your diet:
Plant-based foods include broccoli, spinach, orange, apples, berries, whole grains, nuts, beans. etc have antioxidants.
Animal based foods include Eggs and dairy products are also good sources of antioxidants.
Differences in the amount and type of antioxidants in foods versus those in supplements might also influence their effects. For example, there are eight chemical forms of vitamin E present in foods. However, vitamin E supplements typically only include one form, alpha-tocopherol.