Can Vitamins Really Kill You?



My Initial Antioxidant Video ...

I suspect some of you may be alarmed by the Journal of the American Medical Association meta-analysis of 68 studies released yesterday that found vitamins chock full of antioxidants have no effect at all on a patient's mortality risks, for good or otherwise. Moreover, a subset of those studies involving some 181,000 patients detected a higher risk of death among those taking vitamins, with vitamin A the riskiest (16 percent).

Fact is, this analysis is merely a carefully crafted example of a meta-assassination, as the JAMA authors disregarded countless studies that would've altered those results. Besides, combining secondary prevention with primary prevention trials, then making conclusions that fit the entire population is an unsound scientific approach.

Also, many of these studies involved diseased populations with a variety of health issues, not healthy people who take vitamins preserve and enhance their good health. The most serious problem here, however, is that the authors based their conclusions on vitamins containing synthetic antioxidants and that they "should not be translated to the potential effects of fruits and vegetables."

Researchers disregarded a fundamental physiological fact: Oxidative stress must be countered by antioxidant activity for the human body to maintain normal functioning and remain healthy. Folks, our bodies need fruits and vegetables.

Instead, this study should be an indicator to make the switch more natural supplements, especially ones based on volumes of new research, like Radical Fruits, the one I recently introduced that is based on WHOLE FOOD.

Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 297, No. 8, February 28, 2007: 842-857

Yahoo News February 28, 2007