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Is it better to get antioxidants from food or supplements?

Emilia Klapp
Nutrition & Dietetics
Natural food sources are best. Scientists do not know much about the long-term side effects of antioxidant supplements. Plus, these supplements can provide only a few components of the many protective substances occurring naturally in fruits and vegetables.
Researchers have focused plenty of attention lately on whether it is better to get antioxidants from food or from supplements.

Bottom line, most research finds in favor of dietary sources, rather than taking supplements, as the best way to get protective antioxidants into your system.

To be certain that you get a broad spectrum of different antioxidants, enjoy plenty of brightly colored fruits and vegetable every day.
Will Clower, PhD
Nutrition & Dietetics

Want to get the most antioxidant bang for your buck? Learn what studies have found about food versus supplements by watching this video featuring Dr. Will Clower, founder of Mediterranean Wellness.


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