March 2005 Issue

A Radical Notion: Maybe Antioxidants Can’t Protect Us After All

Antioxidants have long been heralded as heroes, Luke Skywalker-like defenders dealing light-saber blows to Darth Vader-like free radicals. But critics believe such notions are as much fantasy as the Star Wars epics themselves. Some studies suggest that antioxidants could cause harm.

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