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Can antioxidants prevent bacterial infection?

5 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Arthur Heller answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

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.

Answered 8/17/2012


Dr. Derrick Lonsdale answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

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!

Answered 10/20/2015


Dr. Jose Stoute answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

No: There is no evidence that antioxidants prevent infections.

Answered 12/15/2014



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