So you want to ramp up the antioxidant quotient in your diet, but there are only so many spinach salads and digestion hours in day. That's where supplements could pick up the slack.
Because we don't always eat as we should, Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg of Tufts University advocates taking daily supplements of the "classic" antioxidants: 200 to 250 milligrams of vitamin C, 100 to 400 International Units (IU) of vitamin E, and a mixed carotenoid supplement of 6 to 10 milligrams. "I always tell people that taking antioxidants is 'like driving with a seatbelt,'" says Blumberg. They can protect your life, but they are not a license to drive recklessly.