In an interesting turn of events, a Swedish study recently published in the journal Stroke found that women who eat an antioxidant-rich diet may significantly cut their stroke risk.
Of course, this study is in direct conflict with previous research which failed to show beneficial effects of antioxidant supplements. But there’s a simple explanation for this discrepancy…
Most, if not all of the studies claiming that antioxidants are ineffective (or worse) only focus on one specific–and usually synthetic–form of a particular nutrient.
You can’t take a single antioxidant out of context and expect it to cure cancer–or anything else for that matter. Unfortunately, that’s the standard operating procedure for most of the research being done on these valuable nutrients.
The pharmaceutical companies and the government want to overturn DSHEA (the law that allows us to sell and market supplements and gives you the right to choose how you take care of your health) so badly that they’re constantly funding studies specifically to make sure they don’t succeed.
In other words, many of the studies on antioxidants are essentially designed to fail.
This study, on the other hand, actually used a full range of antioxidants.
And when you have a study like this one–involving over 35,000 women–showing positive results, it’s hard to argue that antioxidants play a powerful role in health.
However, these authors also went on to say that it’s important to consume fruits and vegetables to get these antioxidants.
Now, I’m certainly never going to tell you NOT to eat more vegetables, but the fact is, even if you’re eating a perfect diet, it’s just not possible to get all the nutrients you need from food alone these days. The soil our crops are grown in is simply too depleted of essential vitamins and minerals.
That’s why a quality multivitamin, with a full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients–including the all-important antioxidants–is crucial for health and longevity. (And that’s why I made sure my Smart Daily multivitamin formula contains just that. Click here to learn more about it.)
The take home message here is not to believe every sensational news story you may hear or read about the “dangers” of nutritional supplements. The data is almost always manipulated, and the results are almost always overblown to scare you back into the loving arms of the pharmaceutical companies.
Now if that isn’t a frightening thought, I don’t know what is.