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Antioxidants might not help prevent strokes, dementia

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Ashlea Potts always makes sure fruits and vegetables are on her shopping list.

Fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants that can boost the body's immune system. But a new study finds there are some things anti-oxidants can't do.

Harvard researchers followed more than 5,000 people over 14 years, tracking the food they ate. They found many got their antioxidants through coffee and tea.

Doctors say eating fruits and vegetables is still the best source of antioxidants and that getting plenty of those foods reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease and hypertension.

At least half of Ashlea's diet is fruits and vegetables.  She dances and acts so she says eating right is not only good for her health but for her work.

Broccoli, spinach, carrots, berries and apricots are all foods rich in antioxidants.

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