The Harmful and Beneficial Effects of Antioxidants Supplements

Antioxidants supplements exist both in natural and artificial forms and are believed to play a crucial role in the immune system of human beings. The natural antioxidants are largely found in fruits and vegetables in forms such as lute-in, beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E while artificial antioxidants are supplements processed in Pharmaceutical processing plants.

Different schools of thoughts have been assembled and assisted in defining the various accruing benefits and shortcomings of antioxidants supplements in a human system.

The beneficial effects of these supplements include:

Antioxidants help neutralize the free radicals in our system and thus reduce the chances of becoming infected. Antioxidants therefore create a beneficial balance between them and the free radicals and in the process help boost the immune system.

Antioxidants have been said to slow the ageing process and thus making individuals younger and energetic therefore enabling them to carry on with their day to day responsibilities for an extended duration of time.

Antioxidants supplements have also been said to boost eye health and prevent cases of myopia and long sightedness especially in elderly people.

Several harmful effects are also associated with antioxidants supplements and they include:

Antioxidants from natural foods such as green tea have addictive effects which slows body metabolism when their content goes below a certain range thus causing a habit of using them frequently.

Too much of antioxidants supplements in human body has been said to have toxic effects and thus fails to meet the beneficial objective of maintaining a balance with the free radicals.

Antioxidants especially the artificial ones are not easily absorbed in the human system and thus there is a residual of them in the human which causes unpleasant side effects in the human body.

In summary it can be argued that the need to use antioxidants supplements should only be relevant if prescribed by a qualified medical practitioner as well as meeting the objective proper dietary.