10/31/2011 02:11 pm ET Updated Dec 31, 2011

Why Antioxidants Are So Important

A lot of hype surrounds a group of compounds found in food called antioxidants. They are touted as everything from disease fighters to memory protectors to the antidote to aging. What are these compounds? Why are they important? And should you take supplements to get enough (or more) in your diet?

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