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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Preventative Medicine
Answer: I'm a bigger fan of anti-oxidants than minerals. There is some evidence that some minerals(like iron) can be pro-oxidants and accelerate heart disease. I think you get plenty of minerals in your diet. I prefer a high vegetable intake to supplements with the exception of Vitamin E. I think we don't know the true nature and "best" anti-oxidant. But, high vegetable diets have been shown over and over to have beneficial effects. Why mess with success?