Antioxidants are known to interfere with apoptosis, or programmed cell death. In essence, they promote the survival of normal cells as well as cells that shouldn't be allowed to live.
In today's lesson, Kas Thomas surveys the analyses and meta-analyses of clinical trials that dispell the "antioxidants are good for you" mantra.
The dark side of antioxidants is not a story the food industry wants you to know, Thomas writes. But "it's a story that needs to be told. And some of us know where the bodies are buried."