Here is a great summary of some of the recent studies on the health benefits of multivitamins. They are largely negative and I think it means that we need to temper our expectations of multivitamins. They are not panaceas or theriac, and they are not substitutes for unwise life styles. They do have their uses, but we should not expect health benefits from them that they cannot deliver.
Multivitamins – Don’t help Extend Life or ward off Heart Disease and Improve state of Memory Loss
Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN
Experts: Don’t Waste Your Money on Multivitamins – Three studies find the supplements don’t help extend life or ward off heart disease and memory loss
Monday, December 16, 2013
MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 (HealthDay News) — With three new studies finding that a daily multivitamin won’t help boost the average American’s health, the experts behind the research are urging people to abandon use of the supplements.
The studies found that popping a daily multivitamin didn’t ward off heart problems or memory loss, and wasn’t tied to a longer life span.
The studies, published in the Dec. 17 issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, found that multivitamin and mineral supplements did not work any better than placebo pills.
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