Free radicals and antioxidant therapy in clinical practice: To be or not to be?

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Abstract

Free radicals and antioxidant therapy haw attracted a great deal of attention in recent years. Current research reveals the potential applications of antioxidants in prevention or control of disease. However, controversy still exists due to lack of well controlled clinical trials and definitive conclusion on efficacy/safety. This article highlights the debatable issues related to this. Based on the available literature and clinician's experience, recommendation on antioxidant usage is mentioned at the end. There is a need to assimilate the known available informalion with extensive research to establish a positive role of antioxidant therapy In clinical practice and to use an evidence-based approach for summarizing data, drawing conclusions and making recommendations about antioxidant usage and efficacy. A substantial gap still exists between the claims and the efficacy/safety in this area of research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-174
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP
Volume17
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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