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May 2000 Issue

Expert Panel Shuns Antioxidant Supplements, Pushes Food Sources

Vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and carotenoids like beta-carotene should come from food, not supplements. That was the main message conveyed last month by an expert panel of the Institute of Medicine, a private, nonprofit group that advises the federal government. The panel examined data on the beneficial and harmful health effects of four so-called antioxidant nutrients. The 17-member expert panel concluded there isnít enough evidence to support using large doses of these nutrients to combat chronic diseases like cancer, heart

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