Sunday, August 19, 2007

Antioxidant Supplements Don't Offer Protection Against Heart Disease

While pill-popping has become popular preventative maintenance for a variety of ailments, a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine concludes that this might not be the best course of action when it comes to heart health. New research shows that vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene are not effective for preventing heart attacks, strokes, or related deaths. This study, one of the longest ever to examine the cardiovascular impact of antioxidant supplements, included more than 8,000 women at high risk for cardiovascular disease. During the 10-year study, no evidence emerged to support the benefits of antioxidant supplementation. The findings are consistent with other major studies published in recent years. According to the study's authors, when all is said and done, a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is preferable to isolating individual components through supplementation.


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