Study: Those High-Priced Antioxidants May Be Killing You

Rather than extending longevity, researchers say they trigger a stress reaction which causes the body to age more rapidly. In other words, those expensive life-enhancers may actually be killing you. Researchers discovered the relationship by studying how oxidants affected worms and human cells at various stages of development. Introducing antioxidants disturbed the mechanism in cells that resists aging and as a result, the cells began aging more rapidly — “unnaturally fast,” said Chen Chang, the lead scientist on the project at the Institute of Biophysics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.