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Super Vitamins

Magazine article Drug Topics

Super Vitamins

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Though "antioxidant vitamins" has become a catch phrase in the fight against cancer, heart disease, and strokes, many people don't know what the term means, according to a new survey. Despite the fact that 57% of Americans said they have heard the term, only 18% could correctly name antioxidant vitamins like vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, which help the body stabilize harmful molecules before they attack cells.

The survey results indicate that Americans need clearer information about vitamins. Of the people who were aware of antioxidants, 57% claimed that they really didn't understand the difference between antioxidants and other vitamins. Furthermore, 47% said they were confused by the information they had seen about vitamins.

"The American public is confused because conflicting results from individual studies are not being put into a larger context as they are released," said Moshen Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D., associate professor of nutrition for the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. …

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