The case against Antioxidants?

For years we have looked at antioxidants as being one of those
magic substances that will heal our bodies from the ravages of free
radicals and also the natural breakdown of the body.

New Scientist has an article today that disputes the
help of antioxidants
on getting rid of free radicals and even
mentions a couple of reports and studies that support their

I am not to sure how much to trust this story but it is always
important to look at any studies with a critical eye and watch as
more and more come out. For now I will continue taking my vitamins
and working on getting as many antioxidants into my diet as

Wondering about what exactly an antioxidant is? Here is some
info from Wikipedia:

Since the discovery of vitamins, it has been recognized that
antioxidants from the diet are essential for healthful lives in
humans and many other mammals. More recently, a large body of
evidence has accumulated that suggests supplementation of the diet
with various kinds of antioxidants can improve health and extend
life. Many nutraceutical and health food companies now sell
formulations of antioxidants as dietary supplement. These
supplements may include specific antioxidant chemicals, like
resveratrol (from grape seeds), combinations of antioxidants, like
the “ACES” products that contain beta carotene (provitamin A),
vitamin C, vitamin E and Selenium, or specialty herbs that are
known to contain antioxidants such as green tea and jiaogulan.
However, to date, the FDA finds insufficient evidence to endorse
health claims that have been made regarding antioxidant
supplementation (see Clinical Trials above).

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The case against Antioxidants?