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Antioxidant Pills

Question: Are antioxidant pills as effective eating fruit and veg? This is a difficult question. How many supplements would equal a pomegranate, for instance? Are the supplements watered down to the point one would need to take a huge amount several times a day?

Answer: No, for three reasons. First of all, fruit and vegetables contain other nutrients that pills don't provide, like fibres and vitamins. Second, a vitamin is not a vitamin. Artificially produced vitamins and nutrients are often absorbed less efficiently into the body; more of these passes through than with the natural form. Lastly, taking anti-oxidants tells the cells in your body to make less of their own anti-oxidants. So you have a perfect defense mechanism against free radicals, but you're telling it to work less by taking these pills.

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