Vitamins As Antioxidants
Vitamins play a vital role in the body's healthy functioning. Researchers now know that vitamins E, C, B1, B2, and B3, the carotenoids (beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein), selenium, and magnesium, are important antioxidants in the body's continuous fight against free radicals. These essential nutrients are readily available in fresh fruit and vegetables and many studies have linked fruit and vegetable consumption to a lowered risk of certain diseases. While vitamin supplements may be helpful in fighting free radicals, there is no comparable evidence to show their effectiveness. Most traditional health authorities recommend three to five servings of fruit and vegetables daily, along with vitamin supplements, if necessary, for a total daily intake of 6–15 mg beta-carotene, 250–500 mg vitamin C, and 200–800 IU vitamin E.
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