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JAGGED LITTLE PILL

Supplement-size doses of antioxidants hasten lung cancer progression

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It is an article of faith among many health-conscious individuals that antioxidants are good for you – an article of faith that leads to a lot of vitamin sales. And in the typical “more is better” rationale that fuels many of those sales in the first place, most supplements provide many times the U.S. recommended daily allowance (RDA). For example, “virtually every vitamin E supplement will give you at least fourfold the recommended daily dose for humans,” Per Lindahl told reporters at a press conference, and “10 to 15 percent of population is thought to take doses that are 15-20 fold of the RDA.”

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