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Antioxidants & Mortality
Question: Can supplements with antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamins A and E cause you to die sooner?
Answer: A review of many clinical studies found slightly increased mortality (i.e., more people died during studies) associated with the use of supplements containing beta-carotene and possibly vitamin E and higher doses of vitamin A. A study also suggested that antioxidant supplements reduce survival if taken during therapy for breast cancer. Similarly, a study found that high levels of vitamin E and vitamin A in the blood are associated with a greater mortality risk than moderate levels. Get the details in the Full Answer >>