A City Guide To Feicheng for Plate We are what we eat?’ The importance of providing positive norms for healthy eating in children. Source Bangor University, School of Psychology ISSUES Do vitamins protect us from disease? Research has suggested that a lack of vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene and folic acid in a person’s diet plays a role in blood vessel changes that potentially contribute to heart disease, and low beta-carotene has been linked with the development of cancer. Such associations are attributed to the antioxidant properties of these vitamins i.e. they reduce the oxidated products of metabolism which would have caused cell damage. Additionally, vitamins C and E have anti-inflammatory effects, and both inflammation and oxidation have been linked with cognitive decline and progression towards dementia. Naturally, such findings stimulate media and public interest, and taking vitamin supplements as a means of protecting one’s health has become commonplace, in the USA and more recently across Europe. A City Guide To Feicheng 2016.