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Not All Antioxidants Are Created Equal, Or Beneficial, Study Finds

April 4, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
It is generally believed that antioxidants block the harmful effects of omega-6 on DNA. One antioxidant – green tea polyphenol – does have that effect, reducing the formation of a liver cell structure that links a chemical to DNA and may cause mutations, according to a U.S. study in animals. But the U.S. study also shows that the antioxidant vitamin E actually increases damage caused by omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in many cooking oils.
Fung-Lung Chung et al., "Antioxidants can protect against omega 6 damage -- or promote it", News release, study presented at the AACR annual meeting, April 04, 2014, © Chung et al.
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