Are Antioxidants Bad for Us? — A Response to Dr. Paul Offit

Pediatrician Dr. Paul Offit has been creating a bit of a stir with his new book, Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine. Although many of the targets he takes on are no doubt worthy of attack, he also takes a broad swipe at supplemental nutrition, implying that it is useless if not harmful. He focuses in particular on antioxidant supplementation, claiming that clinical research has shown it to be counterproductive. Several excerpts from his book attacking supplementation have been reprinted in venues such as New York Times Sunday Review and The Atlantic magazine. Here is a not-very-technical rejoinder to Offit’s negative views on supplementation.

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