Free Radicals May Promote Longevity

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May 092014
 

More and more research reports say that vitamin and antioxidant supplements my do more harm than good. Now a report from McGill University suggests free radicals may promote longevity. This requires a reversal in thinking by health advocates, if true.

A lot of money is made by vitamin suppliers on the assumption that free radicals are dangerous to our health and cause aging. A whole industry may disappear, if free radicals are proven to be beneficial to health and longevity.

Concerning the current theory that free radicals are hazardous to our health, the McGill researchers state:

“We have turned this theory on its head by proving that free radical production increases during aging because free radicals actually combat — not cause — aging. In fact, in our model organism we can elevate free radical generation and thus induce a substantially longer life.”

This is another report of a string of reports suggesting that the supplement theory has it all wrong as indicated in the CBS article “Will vitamins extend your lifespan or just shrink your piggy bank?

Back in December 2013, I published a post showing you how to get your B vitamins from natural food sources. I still believe this is the best way to get your vitamins and minerals. Here are some suggestions for other vitamins:

  • Vitamin A foods are sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, peppers, mangoes, apricots, and broccoli.
  • Vitamin C foods include peppers, citrus fruits, kiwifruit, broccoli, strawberries, Brussels sprouts and tomatoes.
  • Vitamin D foods include cold water fish, milk, eggs and sunshine.
  • Vitamin E foods include sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts and spinach.
  • Most minerals are easily obtained from nuts, seeds and fish.

We need to get away from mega dose pill health. Getting your vitamins and minerals from natural food sources insures you’re supplying your body not only with the nutrition your body needs, but also in the proper dosages. More and more reports suggest vitamin supplements may do more harm than good.

It’s an interesting time in health philosophy. Many of our current theories on health are being overturned. This report suggests free radical theory is also wrong. Free radicals may actually promote longevity, rather than shorten it.