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Old 11-08-2012, 10:09 PM   #11
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No studies showing one way or the other. Snake oil, that I think is too far in the other direction. Much like most health supplements, there is a scientific reasoning behind why it should work. Whether or not it does is a different story. People tout the benefits of antioxidants, so foods like avocados, pinto beans, acai berries, pomegranates, red wine and nuts sell like crazy. Yes, this is true that they are packed full of antioxidants. 99% of the population has no idea what an antioxidant even does, and there are no evidence that people with diets high in such food live longer. What is the truth is that the country pushing these trends is the US, and we're not even in the top 35 in life expectancy. Japan, which for decades has been either first or second, shows something interesting in its diet in that it has very little red meat, but high fish. The other top 10 nations, 3 of which are the so-called old-world wine countries, likely do have some correlation between red wine and life expectancy. But it does not explain the "French diet" phenomenon where they eat a high amount of fat but yet live for huge periods of time.....but it does. The fat comes from dairy and fish, they eat far less sugar and far FAR less processed food. The point I'm trying to make here is that supplements while they may have some evidence are not as good as making wholesome changes. That means therapy and avoiding the things which cause severe flares.
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