Are Antioxidant Supplements Useless?


Some antioxidants, which are part of today’s popular dietary supplements, not only help to heal the sick people, but damage the DNA and kill the cells in healthy people.

According to Kyungjae Myung, a researcher from the Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the National Human Genome Research Institute, this is an unexpected discovery. It turns out that antioxidants can be both useful in the treatment of cancer, killing cancer cells, and dangerous in the treatment of other diseases, such as diabetes.

Many people try to raise the level of antioxidants by eating fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, taking vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene. It is believed that antioxidants help fight free radicals that cause random chemical reactions that result in damage to cellular components including DNA. It causes various diseases. Including antioxidants in their diet, people hope to slow down the aging process, to remove the tendency of having dangerous diseases

Dr. Myung does not undermine the anti-age effect of antioxidants, emphasizing that his theory requires further research, but insists that the findings could fundamentally change the approach to these compounds. So far, the scientists have focused on the 22 antioxidants that damage the DNA, including the popular resveratrol, genistein, and baikalein.