Food Antioxidants and Cancer

“You can’t trap Mother Nature in a bottle.”

Michael Greger, MD writes for and has an informative post about antioxidant food supplements here.  We’ve all seen those ads from the supplement manufacturers that boast about how their product has more (fill in the blank with blueberries/cranberries/leafy green vegetables) antioxidant than the actual food itself.

He cites research that shows that “dietary antioxidant capacity intake from different sources of plant foods is associated with a reduction in the risk of (GC or stomach cancer).”  Dr. Greger notes that the statement specifies plant foods— not supplements.

On the other hand, research has suggested that relying on the megadoses of antioxidants contained in dietary supplements– instead of the normal dietary intake– increases mortality.