Vitamin and mineral supplements won’t help you live longer, could cause harm, study says
Researchers at Tufts University found no connection between vitamin and mineral supplements and a lower risk of death. USA TODAY
Getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals can lower your risk of an early death, but they should come from food instead of supplements, a study published Tuesday suggests.
Researchers from Tufts University say they found no association between the use of dietary supplements and a lower risk of death.
The study analyzed data from a larger health and nutrition survey conducted from 1999 to 2010. More than 30,000 participants ages 20 and older answered questions about dietary supplement use.
Results showed people who got adequate amounts of vitamin K and magnesium lowered their risk of early death, and those who got enough vitamin A, vitamin K and zinc had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Those benefits were earned only when those nutrients came from food, not supplements.
“While supplement use contributes to an increased level of total nutrient intake, there are beneficial associations with nutrients from foods that aren’t seen with supplements,” said Fang Fang Zhang, an author on the study and associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, in a statement.
The research was published in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
The study found excess intake of calcium through supplements was associated with a higher risk of death from cancer. Researchers say there was no link between cancer risk and calcium intake from food.
Several studies have called into question the need for supplements and whether they actually improve overall health.
Last year, a study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American College of Cardiology found vitamin and mineral supplements offered no measurable health benefits to prevent cardiovascular disease.
A study in 2017 warned that men taking too much vitamin B could double their risk of developing lung cancer.
Contributing: Ashley May. Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23
Multivitamins are not a ticket to optimal health.
In fact, the evidence that they improve health for most people is weak and inconsistent. They may even cause harm in some cases.
If you have a nutrient deficiency, then it is much smarter to supplement with only that specific nutrient. Multivitamins contain large amounts of everything, most of which you don’t need.
Additionally, taking a multivitamin to “fix” a poor diet is a bad idea. Eating a balanced diet of real food is much more likely to ensure good health in the long-term.
Whenever possible, you should meet your nutrient needs with whole, single-ingredient, nutritious foods — not supplements.
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This helps prove what I espouse , what this whole site is about , get your vitamins and nutrients from a fork and knife . Your emphasis should be on eating right , not what pills to take , period .
Notice the one line or point in the above articles [ there are benefits associated from nutrients from food that aren’t seen with supplements ] .
Nutrients need to be in foods where they work together with other nutrients or components !!!
Just like the old west when the man would come around to a town set up his card table set down a bottle of elixir and tout how it is the cure-all for any physical ailment you might have . Same thing today with vitamins and supplements
Has anything really changed ?