Not all antioxidants are made equal, study shows

Don't get your antioxidants from tea or coffee alone.

Many Houston and Denver residents are torn about that first cup of coffee in the morning. For some, it even feels like a guilty pleasure – a quiet moment at the start of the day that they savor. Some have cited the presence of antioxidants in coffee and tea as a reason to pour another cup of joe guilt-free, but an international study revealed that this benefit may not be that helpful.

According to CNN, the scientists monitored the health of more than 5,000 people over the age of 55 for 14 years – none of whom had any history of dementia or stroke. They surveyed each participant about how regularly they ate certain foods – a fact that the scientists use to gauge how many antioxidants they consumed regularly.

The researchers were particularly interested in how these dietary choices affected each individuals' risk for cognitive decline. And, interestingly enough, they didn't note a large difference in the aging longevity of people who took in high levels of antioxidants and those who consumed smaller amounts. This, the scientists posited, could be because the vast majority of participants got most of their antioxidants from tea or coffee, rather than fruits and vegetables like blueberries and kale.

So, what does this mean for Houston and Denver residents who want to age gracefully?

"It's possible that individual antioxidants, or the main foods that contribute those antioxidants – rather than the total antioxidant level in the diet – contribute to the lower risk of dementia and stroke found in earlier studies," study author  Elizabeth Devore told the news outlet.

Based on this finding, the best way to enhance your health may be to incorporate a wide range of antioxidant-rich foods in your diet, as these compounds all perform different functions to promote your well-being.

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