Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Fruits and Vegetables Still Tops for Oxidation Protection

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Fruits and Vegetables Still Tops for Oxidation Protection

Article excerpt

Some people assume that it is fine to have a hamburger and french fries for lunch if they are getting the nutrients they need from a daily multivitamin. A study at Tufis University, however, suggests that this is not the case.

The research team at the Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts gave a supplement to healthy men who typically consumed only two to three servings of fruits and vegetables daily a supplement. The supplement contained as much folic acid and antioxidant vitamins C and E as found in five servings of fruits and vegetables; however, they found no less oxidative damage in the blood of the men than in men who took a placebo. Oxidative damage, a natural part of the aging process, is thought to lead to cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses common among older adults.

Other studies have focused on people with adequate diets who take supplements of large doses of antioxidants. …

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