New research just came out last week about a recent study from the Archives of Internal Medicine which was designed to see whether taking antioxidant vitamins (in pill form), helped certain women’s heart disease risk. This, because antioxidants have been getting great press over the last several years regarding it’s ability to kill free radicals and help the fight against heart disease. It is believed that antioxidants prevent oxidation where compounds within the body are altered at the molecular level. They then become free radicals, which can place stress on healthy cells.
In question were vitamin C, E and beta carotene and the study revealed antioxidants in pill form offered no heart benefit to women at risk of cardiovascular disease. Foods containing those antioxidants, on the other hand, have been found to reduce heart risk.
So, forget the pills for now, and consider eating lots of citrus fruits, green peppers, broccoli, seeds, nuts, fish, green leafy vegetables, eggs, chicken and garlic, and whole grains.
Just like your mother told you to.