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Multivitamins – Enough is Enough

December 10, 2014

American researchers have come out with this fairly strong statement about the use of multivitamins; Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.

Firstly: Three trials of multivitamin supplements were reviewed and 24 trials of paired or single vitamins that were randomly assigned to no less than 400K participants. All-cause mortality, cancer or cardiovascular disease gained no benefit from the use off supplements according to the author.

Second: The efficiency of multivitamins taken on a daily basis to prevent cognitive deterioration was evaluated among almost 6000 over-64 year old men participating in a health study. The subjects were followed up for a 12 year period. When compared there were no differences between the placebo and multivitamin group in cognitive demonstration or spoken memory.

Third:  the prospective beneficial effects of a high-dose, multi-component multivitamin supplement was assessed in more than 1700 men and women with a preceding myocardial events.  No statistical difference with multivitamins compared with placebo in the recurrence of cardiovascular events after the 4.6 year follow up was found! Due to a high number of dropouts and poor compliance this study has its limitations

Folic acid, antioxidants and B vitamins are not effective for avoiding morbidity or mortality due to major chronic diseases; it is therefore no longer justifiable that any further extensive prevention trials are undertaken. For example, a vitamin D supplement, which may possibly prevent falls in elderly, actually increased falls in 1 trial, in most trials it had no effect and it reduced the risk for falls in some trials.

They believe that the case is closed— If you are a well-nourished adult you will be consuming the minerals and vitamins you need and supplementing the diet has no benefit and might even be harmful.



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