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Can antioxidants prevent bacterial infection?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Jose Stoute
ADHD & Autism

In brief: No

There is no evidence that antioxidants prevent infections.

In brief: No

There is no evidence that antioxidants prevent infections.
Dr. Jose Stoute
Dr. Jose Stoute
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