Surprisingly the evidence behind antioxidants is inconclusive, meaning they haven’t actually managed to prove they have any profound benefit to human health.
What is understood is their mechanism and why they might play a role in removing dangerous reactive chemicals that are in your body that cause you to age.
Smoking, drinking alcohol and eating the wrong foods increases these chemicals, effectively causing you to age faster.
Eating one particular antioxidant rich food hasn’t be scientifically shown to counteract this, partially because we’re not sure if the antioxidant is absorbed into your body after eating it.
Eating a balanced diet with a variety of fruit and veg has been proved to counteract this though!
There’s also good evidence that a “Mediterranean diet” (starchy foods like pasta, vegetables, fish, less meat) is associated with a better life expectancy.
Sam Fitzpatrick Final Year Medical Student, Cardiff University.
Milad Rouf Final Year Medical Student, Cardiff University.
Sindhi, V., Gupta, V., Sharma, K., Bhatnagar, S., Kumari, R. and Dhaka, N. 2013. Potential applications of antioxidants – A review. Journal of Pharmacy Research 7(9), pp. 828-835.
EFSA 2011. Guidance on the scientific requirements for health claims related to antioxidants, oxidative damage and cardiovascular health. EFSA Journal 9(12), p. 2474.