Don't fall for phony headlines.The media loves big stories, and the latest massive efforts from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies have all the makings for great headlines: "Large Amounts of Antioxidants Antioxidants
Substances that reduce the damage of the highly reactive free radicals that are the byproducts of the cells.
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n. Not Needed for Health." "No Scientific Evidence that Supplements of Vitamins C, E, and Selenium selenium (səlē`nēəm), nonmetallic chemical element; symbol Se; at. no. 34; at. wt. 78.96; m.p. 217°C;; b.p. about 685°C;; sp. gr. 4.81 at 20°C;; valence −2, +4, or +6. Necessary." As is always the case, you need to put on your thinking cap when reading the health headlines in order to avoid confusion. What the panel of illustrious scholars has in fact concluded is exactly what Running & FitNews has been reporting for years: eat your vegetables--don't pop pills.
Popular supplements like beta-carotene, vitamin C vitamin C
or ascorbic acid
Water-soluble organic compound important in animal metabolism. Most animals produce it in their bodies, but humans, other primates, and guinea pigs need it in the diet to prevent scurvy. , vitamin E vitamin E
Fat-soluble organic compound found principally in certain plant oils and leaves of green vegetables. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant in body tissues and may prolong life by slowing oxidative destruction of membranes. , and other antioxidants are not needed in a healthy diet. Even more important, if your diet falls short of these important nutrients, supplementing with pills may actually create significant health risks. While the nutrients themselves in their natural form are extremely important, pill form antioxidants are a waste of money--lots of money. Vitamin supplements amount to $5.7 billion in sales annually.
Antioxidants are a relatively large group of nutrients that help to disarm free radicals in the body. Free radicals are unstable oxygen and nitrogen compounds that are missing electrons, and they have been associated with the initiation of diseases like cancer, heart disease, wrinkles wrinkles
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So don't be misled into believing that fruits and vegetables have been over-rated. While "eat your veggies Veggies of Nottingham, also known as Veggies Catering Campaign, is a campaigning group based in Nottingham, England, promoting ethicalbum alternatives to mainstream fast food. " is not much of a sexy headline, it is the bottom line. Load up your grocery cart, your garden, and your plate, and don't be tempted by the claims made by the supplement companies or confused by misleading headlines. (The National Academies, April 10, 2000. For more info go to www.nationacademies.org/news, www eatright.org. or www.americanrunning.org/webarticles/fluids_nutrition/nutrition_ health/vitminerals.htm)