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Antioxidants on the out?

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Store shelves and advertisements claim the benefits of their products... because these contain antioxidants. 
For many, antioxidants are synonymous with fruits and vegetables. And the research is very compelling, people who eat more fruits and vegetables have lower risks of several diseases. 
Is it because of the antioxidants, the calories, other compounds, or lifestyles that lower the risk for diseases?
There have been scores of studies looking at the effectiveness antioxidants, chronic disease, and antioxidants. 
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These include cardiovascular disease, cancer, and cataracts. The bottom line… antioxidant supplements do not reduce the risk, in most cases. 
And taking very high doses of antioxidants, which is made possible through dietary supplements, can actually increase the risk for diseases. 
Beta carotene in high doses, beyond the amount reasonably attainable through food, may actually increase the risk for lung cancer in smokers. 
And for vitamin E, the risk of prostate cancer. 
Neither beta carotene, vitamin E,  or vitamin C had a beneficial effect on preventing heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease. 
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But the same antioxidants, when included with other substances - zinc, lutein, and zeaxanthin, can reduce the risk of an eye disease - advanced stage for age related macular degeneration - for some people. 
The take away? Antioxidants and health are complicated.