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Can antioxidants prevent bacterial infection?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Yes and no: Antioxidants help biochemical reactions run smoothly in the body (co-factors), some may be vitamins or minerals, some are different. Most will behave as either anti-ox or pro-ox, depending on the chem circumstance. Certain amount is needed, more may not confer any extra benefit. No clinical data to support claims that any product (juice, fruit, "miracle") actually cheats death, prolongs life.
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 74 years experience
Not by themselves: We need a balance of oxidants and antioxidants. If the fuel (food) is right and the non caloric nutrients are balanced, we reach maximum immune potential. But a bacterium is an attacking enemy and a war sometimes has to be fought------we call that "flu". The better the defenses the more likely that a war will not have to be fought!
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Dr. Jose Stoute
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: There is no evidence that antioxidants prevent infections.
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Last updated Oct 20, 2015
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