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Overview From the groundbreaker in preventive medicine and father of the worldwide aerobics movement, Dr. Cooper takes the latest scientific antioxidant search from around the world and brings you a simple four step life plan that will revolutionize your health. It's the simplest plan yet to build you own personal defense system for a longer, healthier life!
Publishers Description From the groundbreaker in preventive medicine and father of the worldwide aerobics movement, Dr. Cooper takes the latest scientific antioxidant search from around the world and brings you a simple four step life plan that will revolutionize your health. It's the simplest plan yet to build you own personal defense system for a longer, healthier life
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.12" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.87 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785275258 ISBN13 9780785275251 UPC 020049075258
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More About Kenneth Cooper & M. D. Kenneth Cooper
Kenneth Cooper was born in 1941 and has an academic affiliation as follows - New Market, Alabama, USA.
Reviews - What do customers think about Antioxidant Revolution?
Evidence not clear-cut as Cooper makes it out to be Apr 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.
New Recommendations Supplant the Info in this Book Jul 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 cooperwellness.com, change the small and large dosages, and the dividing line has been changed to 150 aerobics points per week.
A Word to the Wise . . . Apr 28, 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...
An Antioxidant starter book, well founded throughout. Feb 3, 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.
A conservative approach to excercise and antioxidants Mar 27, 1997
This book is a very conservative text on healthy living by vitamin supplimentation and light aerobic workouts. This book is written for the average person, not an athlete.
His discussion on vitamin (antioxidant) supplimentation is a very conservative approach that will likely sway all but the most skeptical. People who already take larger doses of suppliments will find his doses amusing