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Vitamins: Potential damage to body's defenses

from ScienceDaily

Vitamin supplements are a billion dollar industry. We want to stay healthy and fit and help our bodies with this. But perhaps we are achieving precisely the opposite? "We believe that antioxidants are good for us, since they protect the cells from oxidative stress that may harm our genes. However, our bodies have an enormous inherent ability to handle stress. Recent research results show that the body's responses to stress in fact are important in preventing our DNA from eroding. I fear that the fragile balance in our cells can be upset when we supplement our diet with vitamin pills," says Hilde Nilsen to the research magazine Apollon. more

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