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Does taking antioxidants have a positive effect against vascular conditions?

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Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine Clinical Lipidology 36 years experience
Antioxidants and CHD: There is no randomized clinical trial data to suggest any benefit of antioxidant supplements in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. In the one large randomized clinical trial that investigated this, the hats study, patients with cardiovascular disease treated with cholesterol lowering medicines lost any benefit of protection with antioxidants were added to the lipid lowering medications.
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Dr. Lorne Campbell Sr.
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: After extensive research, the use of antioxidants does not alter or prevent any vascular or heart related illness. Antioxidants do appear to be effective at slowing down the progression of age related macular degeneration.
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
The antioxidant doses of some of the minerals, e.g zinc are fairly high. The risk of interfering with absorption of other minerals, e.g. copper, iron, calcium, may be worth it if macular deg is already diagnosed. It may not be worthwhile to prevent it, especially if it will need to be taken for a long time- years to decades.
Jan 8, 2012
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Grandma was right: Eat your fruits and vegetables, nature's antioxidant cocktail. Almost every study using supplements has failed to show benefit, and may actually undo benefit from meds (go figure)-see dr. Underberg's response. Much easier to prevent than to treat. Encourage kids to eat fruits and veggies (not juices, watch the calories/sugars). Never too late to start.
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Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 45 years experience
"C" you later.: I guess it all depends on what is meant by vascular conditions as well as what is meant by anti-oxidants. Consider vitamin "C", an antioxidant, which has been used for many years to treat and improve the condition known as "scurvy", which is by most, considered a vascular condition.
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