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What are the means by which antioxidants prevent of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: They don't

There's a whole lot of conspiracy-mongering going around these days that somehow the pharmaceutical and health care industries are suppressing some "magic bullets" that can prevent all of these diseases.
If this were true, i don't know a doctor who wouldn't immediately shout it from the roof-top and get all of their patients on the stuff.

In brief: They don't

There's a whole lot of conspiracy-mongering going around these days that somehow the pharmaceutical and health care industries are suppressing some "magic bullets" that can prevent all of these diseases.
If this were true, i don't know a doctor who wouldn't immediately shout it from the roof-top and get all of their patients on the stuff.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Do they?

Re: cancer -- pre-clinical evidence supported supplements such as anti-oxidants as "chemo-preventive" interventions to decrease the risk of cancer. However, the test tube (in vitro) predictions did not work in humans (in vivo) in a number of studies including vit e, beta carotene in lung cancer, various supplements in head/neck cancer & selenium in lung/prostate.
Humans are complicated.

In brief: Do they?

Re: cancer -- pre-clinical evidence supported supplements such as anti-oxidants as "chemo-preventive" interventions to decrease the risk of cancer. However, the test tube (in vitro) predictions did not work in humans (in vivo) in a number of studies including vit e, beta carotene in lung cancer, various supplements in head/neck cancer & selenium in lung/prostate.
Humans are complicated.
Dr. Michael Thompson
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