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Antioxidants: Food IS Better Than Supplements

Have you all seen the report that antioxidants don't help you live longer? First let me clarify that the study was on supplements.
An analysis of dozens of studies illustrates that supplements of Vitamins A, C and E as well as beta carotene and selenium do not help people live longer. Yep, it is better to get your nutrients from food not supplements.

Not all experts agree that folks should stop taking their vitamins. Meir Stampfer, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, said the new analysis hasn't discouraged him from taking his vitamins. He believes the studies were not consistent enough to convince him that supplements have no value.

Fit's Tip: I have a love/hate relationship with vitamin supplements, so I strongly suggest eating healthy, well balanced meals to get your antioxidants. If you feel like you're not quite getting all that you need, then by all means, take a supplement. Try to eat more winter squash it is really high in vitamins A and C as well as beta carotene.

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Chris-Coy Chris-Coy 10 years
I use Xango. It is the whole fruit puree of the mangosteen fruit. It is full of antioxidants. There is scientific research that proves the Xanthones help a whole bunch of things. The part taht I like about it is that it is all natural and there are no side effect or expensive urine. check it out at I take 2oz. daily and feel great. Hey if it health eliminate teh free radicals in my body I'm all for it.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I used to work for a liquid vitamin company who claimed that solid vitamins don't help you at all...that you just pass them almost whole. I don't know how accurate that was, but it sure kept me away from taking vitamins. I do NOW (Try to, anyway), because my nails are peeling like crazy and I got sick when I started dieting. Still wonder about that, though. Also, I drink tea with antioxidants...think those help at all?
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