In a recent Pharmacy Times article, Charles H. Brown, professor emeritus of clinical pharmacy at Purdue University, makes a compelling argument against the value of vitamins and supplements. Antioxidant pills, often sold in combination with vitamins, are among the most commonly consumed supplement pills taken by Americans falsely hoping to improve their health.
After reviewing the research data, he answers the question posed in the article’s title “Fighting Free Radicals: Do You Need Antioxidants?”:
To date, randomized, placebo controlled trials are at best inconclusive but generally don’t provide strong evidence that antioxidant supplements have a substantial impact on diseases such as cardiovascular events and cancer. But antioxidants continue to be added to breakfast cereals, energy bars, sodas, sports drinks, and other processed foods. Often claims have stretched and distorted data. It appears that antioxidants aren’t the magical solution they are sometimes hyped to be.
Mr. Brown is professor emeritus of clinical pharmacy and a clinical pharmacist at Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences, Department of Pharmacy Practice, in West Lafayette, Indiana.
“Fighting Free Radicals: Do You Need Antioxidants?”
Charles H. Brown, MSPharm, RPh, CACP
Pharmacy Times: Published Online: Monday, January 14, 2013.