The Supplement Frenzy (cont.)

Supplement enthusiasts would argue that the current daily recommendations may not be protective, but Meskin offers more food for thought. By eating antioxidant-rich foods, you take in still more disease-fighting substances: additional vitamins, for instance, and dietary fiber -- and perhaps others that haven't even been identified yet. All the more reason, he says, to pay attention to diet -- and sit tight for additional studies to prove or disprove the worth of antioxidant supplements.

Focus on Food

So, I've read the panel report, I've scanned the studies, and I'd like to live to 100 just like everyone else. My decision? To err on the side of caution, at least temporarily. Instead of joining the ranks of pill poppers, I'm vowing to pay closer attention to my daily intake of fruits and vegetables, which is often measly despite my best intentions.

But I eagerly await the next batch of antioxidant studies, which might just change some minds -- including my own.

Kathleen Doheny is a Los Angeles journalist and a contributing editor for WebMD. She also writes for The Los Angeles Times, Shape, Modern Maturity, and Working Woman.

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