"The use of antioxidant-containing dietary supplements entails increased mortality of patients with diseases of various kinds, and the people well," reports Science Daily. This conclusion was made by international researchers led by Christian Gluud from a Danish University hospital (Copenhagen).
Gluud and with Italian and Serbian colleagues analyzed data obtained 78-mi studies, in which participated more than three hundred thousand volunteers. About 80 thousand suffered from diseases of the digestive, cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, and excretory systems, and they have observed eye and skin diseases.
More than 180 thousand participants of the study for two years made use of supplements (biologically active additives) with antioxidants. In the composition of dietary supplements were: beta-carotene (provitamin a), vitamins a, E and C and selenium. The control group consisted of 113 thousand volunteers.
The results showed the following figures: died 11.7% of members of the 1st group. The control group was recorded fatal 10.2% of participants. The most manifest differences in the share of the deceased were obtained for certain additives, for example, vitamin E (respectively 12 and 10.3%) and beta-carotene (13,8% and 11.1%). In the use of vitamins a, C and selenium compared with fatal outcome with the control group was not statistically significant.