Harvard Study: Antioxidant in Leaner People Didn’t Contain Cure to Disease for Resistance to Stress

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A new study showed that an antioxidant supplement designed to counter chronic low-grade inflammation was ineffective at all but in rodents.

Researchers from the Harvard Medical School and New York University tested the R-Adenosine (RA) supplement on mice and found that the rodents had similar inflammation levels and healthier blood pressure and glucose control as mice given a placebo.

RA was used to counter inflammation due to exposure to noise, infectious disease, pollution and toxins.

“We don’t know exactly why the rodents didn’t show any effect, but we suspect that it was because the mice consumed the supplement just in doses that can be therapeutically effective for humans,” lead author Phillip Luong told TIME.

But, Luong said that some scientists believe the R-Adenosine supplement wasn’t effective because it did not achieve the goal of inflammation reduction.

Some scientists, like Robert Cargill, also say that the supplement should still be considered an option in future studies.

“It’s a low-level influence of the supplement to simply lower symptoms of inflammation,” he told Time.

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