Eat your antioxidants but avoid the supplements

fruitI still see many people taking antioxidant supplements (Vitamin E, C and beta carotene) to prevent heart disease.  This was based on some early studies done several years ago that suggested that antioxidant vitamins can prevent the development of plaque in the blood vessels.  Recent trials (HOPE, Nurses Health Study, WAVE, HATS just to name a few) have found NO benefit in preventing heart disease with Vitamin E and Vitamin C supplements.

What we do know is that antioxidant vitamins in fresh fruits and vegetables are beneficial.  It’s important to eat all the colors of the rainbow:

Red: strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, apples

Orange: carrots, sweet potatoes, orange, apricot

Yellow: squash, lemons

Green: spinach, lettuce, croccoli, asparagus

Blue: blueberries, grapes, plums, prunes


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2 Responses to Eat your antioxidants but avoid the supplements

  1. 迷你倉 says:

    Very informative.
    I wont waste money on antioxidant supplement.

  2. Just updated to the latest Safari browser version and this post is now unclickable, anyone else seeing it like that or is it my browser?

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