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Get Your Vitamins Through Diet


Posted by Julie M.

While many health addicts swear by their vitamin pills, it turns out that middle-aged women at risk for heart disease do not get much benefit from taking vitamin C, E or beta carotene, according to researchers. Yet eating a diet rich in the same vitamins does help protect the body’s cardiovascular system by counteracting free radicals—harmful compounds that build up in the body and can damage artery linings and affect the function of blood vessels. So it’s the antioxidants in foods, not vitamin pills, say the researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who conducted the study, that can really keep your heart healthy. Not that vitamins can hurt, but eating a varied diet that includes lots of green and other deep-colored veggies and fruits, whole grains, and protein will keep us going the longest.
 
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