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Does Cellfood Work?

author image Helen Anderson
Helen Anderson has been writing and editing professionally since 2007. Her work has appeared in scholarly and popular publications, such as "Foreign Affairs" and "The New York Times." Anderson holds a master's degree in public health from Columbia University, where she is currently completing a Ph.D.
Does Cellfood Work?
While Cellfood may offer health benefits, its claims are not supported by scientific research. Photo Credit Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Manufactured for over 40 years, Cellfood is a line of oral supplements and topical gels designed to deliver nutrients, antioxidants and oxygen to your body. As a dietary supplement and skin care program, Cellfood may offer benefits to your dermatological health and facilitate the functioning of your body's immune system. As of 2011, there is little scientifically valid evidence to support the marketing claims of the product. Although using Cellfood is unlikely to damage your health, talk to your doctor before incorporating the products into your personal wellness routine.


Cellfood offers a wide range of products, with specified lines intended to support skin cells, enhance athletic performance, provide nutritional supplements, boost oxygen delivery in your body, prevent premature aging and promote the creation of healthy DNA and RNA. Each of the signature products are manufactured to contain a wide array of essential and nonessential nutrients, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants.

Antioxidant Benefits

As a source of antioxidants, Cellfood may offer tangible health benefits. Antioxidants, which derive from nutrients such as vitamins A, C and E, protect your body from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are ionized molecules generated when your body breaks down dietary nutrients or comes into contact with environmental pollutants, such as cigarette smoke, radiation and excessive sun exposure. According to the National Institutes of Health, free radicals may contribute to the risk of developing certain cancers and cardiovascular disease,and may accelerate the aging process. In combating free radicals, antioxidants may help to protect the body from disease and premature aging.

In a 2000 review on the biological and chemical mechanisms of aging, published in "Advances in Clinical Chemistry," Dr. J.A. Knight of the University of Utah School of Medicine concludes that oxidative stress contributes significantly to the aging process. The exact reasons why oxidation is related to aging requires further study.


The popularity of Cellfood products is based partially on the manufacturer's claims that Cellfood works to increase the level of oxygen available to your body cells. The NuScience Corporation, makers of Cellfood, maintain that they have formulated a way to split water atoms to enhance the amount of oxygen gas available at a cellular level. While these claims sound promising, there is no actual research to support their validity. In a critical review of the products, natural health authorities at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center report that there is no credible evidence to indicate that Cellfood helps to protect your body through oxidative detoxification. When supplements are taken orally, they are not likely to release greater oxygen through metabolism in the gastrointestinal tract.

Nutritional Support

Nutritional supplements can provide a valuable way to make up for dietary deficiencies and support your general health. Vitamins and minerals play a vital role for all the major functions and systems in your body, such in cell formation and regeneration, healing, energy supply, neurological function, and immunological health. Because Cellfood products offer an abundant supply of vitamins and minerals they may be effective in supplying you with needed nutrients. When consumed in excess of your body's needs, most nutrients are eliminated through the urine. The USDA and the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements advises that healthy foods make the best source of needed nutrients.

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