These antioxidants help fight free radicals (and prevent cancer)
One simple way to consume more antioxidants is to take a daily multivitamin/mineral with added phytonutrients, which can help boost your overall antioxidant capacity and help maintain oxidative balance. In a 2019 clinical study published in Nutrientsplant-based multivitamin/mineral and phytonutrient supplements were found to reduce reactive oxygen species and protect against DNA damage7 in healthy adults with habitually low fruit and vegetable intake without altering the body’s endogenous antioxidant system.
In other words, supplementing with essential vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients supports the body’s antioxidant system and helps protect against oxidative stress (and cell damage that can lead to cancer). And what better way to get all these powerful phytonutrients than with a daily high-quality multivitamin? In the seed JAMA a randomized controlled trial of nearly 6,000 male physicians (from the Harvard Physician Health Study II). In addition, it was found that the use of multivitamins reduce the overall risk of cancer by 8%8 compared to no use.
(If you’re looking for a multivitamin packed with antioxidant ingredients, you can find mindbodygreen’s favorites in this roundup of the best multivitamins on the market today.)