The shorthand is that antioxidants are good, you should eat them as food, and that there is nothing particularly more “super” about a goji berry than a blueberry. They are both super. I just know somewhere in China someone is promoting “super Maine blueberry extract” rather than those nasty old Himalayan berries the locals can pick in their backyards.
But the Washington Post has gone into a bit of detail talking about common myths. Here are the myths: Antioxidants are all vitamins, All antioxidants are created equal, eat pomegranates, berries and other “super fruits, amp up your intake with supplements, and more are better.
The last one isn’t a myth if you follow the rule to eat your antioxidants rather than popping and swallowing them.
Here’s my take home: we need to eat more plants. All the time, every day. If you do that, you don’t need to take supplements. If you don’t and swallow a handful of supplements with your burger, then guess what? It doesn’t make you healthy.
Darn, I wish there was a shortcut to life, but there just isn’t.