The Cochrane Reviews (where I go to get information my unbiased systematic research) have just published a new UPDATED systematic review on whether the use of antioxidant supplements prevent mortality in healthy persons or persons with various diseases.
Unfortunately the study now shows the current evidence does not support the use of antioxidant supplements in the general population or in patients with various diseases. Here is the report summary:
So does this mean I change my advice – yes. When new data of this magnitude shows evidence not to spend extra money on what was previously considered valuable, I take it on board. In fact you probably rely on me giving sound advice and I can only do so if I stay informed and am prepared to adjust recommendations based on new or updated sound scientific evidence of this scale.
My view is that you can get your antioxidants from food without the need to pay for supplements. I continue to recommend high ORAC food sources should be added to your diet especially in the form of fruit and vegetables! Bottom line, do not waste money on supplements that have not been proven to provide the claimed benefits.