December 17, 2013

BUT AT LEAST THEY'RE A WASTE OF MONEY:

Multivitamins Found to Have Little Benefit (JEANNE WHALEN, Dec. 16, 2013, WSJ)

Multivitamins offer almost no benefit in preventing chronic disease "and they should be avoided," experts said Monday in a medical-journal editorial accompanying the publication of two new clinical trials.

The rigorously conducted studies, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, showed multivitamins had no effect on cognitive function or cardiovascular health. They are the latest in a series of reports--including a review last month of 26 vitamin studies--indicating that supplements have little health benefits in generally well-nourished, Western populations.

"The message is simple: Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided," four physicians and public health experts wrote in an editorial accompanying the studies.

The editorial added that beta-carotene, vitamin E and possibly high doses of vitamin A increased the risk of death in some other trials.
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