Customer Reviews: Antioxidant Revolution
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on July 11, 2000
This book is good in its underlying theme -- take antioxidants b-carotene, vit C, vit E to counter free radical damage -- but, evidently, its specific recommendations are outdated. Two sets of antioxidant dosages are recommended, a small dose for "health and longevity" exercisers, and a large dose for "athletic" exercisers, where the dividing line between types of exercisers is 50 aerobics points per week. Dr Cooper's latest recommendations, which can be found at, change the small and large dosages, and the dividing line has been changed to 150 aerobics points per week.
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on February 2, 1999
A complete strategy of exercise and antioxidant supplementation is suggested in this book. The most important antioxidants are reviewed and explained thoroughly - what's really happening in your body. The amount of data given along with the clear explanations will cause you to start taking antioxidants and going to the gym.
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on April 21, 2001
This book discusses ways to reduce the free radical damage that is thought to lead cancer and heart disease. Cooper presents ways to do so through exercise, diet, and supplements. And it the supplements part that is the most controversial of this book.
Dr. Cooper was one of the first noted fitness experts to recommend people start taking high doses of the antioxidant vitamins beta-carotene (the precursor to vitamin A), vitamin C, and vitamin E, along with the mineral selenium. He recommends taking levels that are several times the RDA for these nutrients.
Cooper cites many scientific studies that show high does of these antioxidants reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. However, this book was originally published in 1994, and more recent studies have not given unqualified support to these earlier studies. In fact, more recent studies have been mixed.
Some studies do show that taking antioxidants reduce risk, but other studies show there is no effect. I summarize many of these studies in a chapter on supplements in my book "Creationist Diet: Nutrition and God-given Foods According to the Bible." My conclusion is that there is some evidence for the benefit of taking antioxidants, but it is not clear-cut as Cooper makes it out to be. There may or may not be any benefit to the practice.
Further clouding whether to take these supplements is the risk of side effects. Fortunately, Cooper does list possible side effects one might experience.
Another issue that Cooper does not address is the cost factor. Vitamin C is rather inexpensive and vitamin E and selenium moderately so, but beta-carotene tends to be rather expensive. And beta-carotene is the antioxidant with the least evidence supporting it.
Given the split evidence, I would say that if money is tight, one should spend their money on healthy food, not supplements. It is foods like fruits and vegetables that have unqualified evidence for their health benefits. And Cooper does include information on what foods are highest in the antioxidants and how best to prepare them to retain the nutrients. And my book provides further details on what foods help to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and strokes.
As for myself, I have tried taking antioxidants in the amounts Cooper recommends, but I ended up with some of the side effects he mentions. I even tried taking different brands and forms of each nutrient and still had problems. So I simply don't bother with them anymore and focus on eating a healthy diet instead.
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on March 11, 2012
Dr. Kenneth Cooper is the man who popularized aerobic exercise for health and fitness. But, after years of research, he came to realize that strenuous exercise causes the formation of harmful free radicals. Fortunately, nature has provided us with nutrients -- including vitamin C, vitamin E, and many others -- which can neutralize free radicals and, thus, protect us against their harmful effects. Dr. Cooper advocates for taking these antioxidants in this book. I wish that all Medical Doctors recognized the importance of supplemental antioxidants and other important nutrients.
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on July 23, 2012
Interesting book about free radicals from the doctor who coined the term "aerobics". You will increase your knowledge of free radicals and the damage they cause to us all. The solution is out of date based on new research in the last 7 years.
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on March 12, 2015
If you read any of Dr. Cooper's books you may like this too. He is a good guy and I like what he is trying to do. Exercise, health, nutrition. If you have read his Aerobics book you need to read this too, because he changes the plan a little bit.
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on April 27, 2000
For years, I've been a big fan and follower of Dr. Cooper'saerobic exercise program. Nevertheless, I'll advise caution beforeundertaking Dr. Cooper's prescription for anti-oxidantsupplements. Dr. Cooper's recommendations for Vitamins C and E and beta-carotene are remarkably similar to those criticized as being without scientific foundation by a recent (April, 2000) Institute of Medicine Report.
The prudent reader will consider the Institute's report before joining Dr. Cooper's revolution...
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on March 3, 2014
I give the book credit for starting a world of new thought on health and exercise, but it really eneds to be updated with current research and examples.

Thank you, for all that you have done.
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on February 18, 2014
I love this book because it let me understand the dount between how oxygen help to promote your health, as well as how free radical damage your health ====> chronic diseases .... Its worth to read .
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on March 10, 2010
Dr. Cooper is right on with this easy to read book on antioxidants. I read the book twice and now leave it in my waiting room for my patients. What are you waiting for? If you want to get healthy, this is a great place to start.
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