VITAMINS: TO E OR NOT TO E

ANOTHER REASON TO EAT VITAMINS, NOT POP THEM

The nutrients known as antioxidants--vitamin A, vitamin E, beta carotene and others--seem nothing short of miraculous. Studies suggest that they may help stave off all sorts of ills, from cancer to heart disease to aging. That has spurred consumers to pay big bucks for antioxidant pills of various descriptions.

Maybe they shouldn't. It's not that antioxidants don't work. In fact, a report in the current New England Journal of Medicine says yet again that they do. After examining over seven years the health and diet of nearly 35,000 postmenopausal women, doctors from the University of Minnesota and several other institutions found...

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