Could Anti- Oxidants Be Doing More Harm Than Good?

The well accepted theory that antioxidants reduce the growth of cancer cells and defend against cell damage may be less factual than first thought. By no means should you stop consuming all the healthful foods that are abundant in antioxidants, this after all is just one of a few studies to this effect. However, more and more evidence seems to be materialising, this one in particular by Elizabeth et al. (2014) suggests the antioxidants such as beta- carotene may not act at the critical site in cells where the tumour promoting reactive oxygen species (ROS) are produced. It seems that the antioxidants we consume may in fact gather in random sites in the cell, in turn leaving ROS untouched.

The research is deep and starting to gather momentum, lets hope there is a consensus of opinion soon…a meta- analysis maybe!?


Elizabeth G. Phimister, Navdeep S. Chandel, David A. Tuveson. The Promise and Perils of Antioxidants for Cancer PatientsNew England Journal of Medicine, 2014; 371 (2): 177 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMcibr1405701

Science Daily, (2014). How antioxidants can accelerate cancers, and why they don't protect against them. Retrieved 10th July, 2014, from


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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