Multivitamins Don't Do Much For Your Health
    By Hank Campbell | December 16th 2013 05:49 PM | 2 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
    A systematic review of studies has found insufficient evidence that vitamin and mineral supplements are effective for preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer, or mortality from those diseases in healthy adults.

    Two studies included in the review found lower overall cancer incidence in men who took a multivitamin for over 10 years. Those same studies showed no cancer protection benefit for women.

    Researchers caution that these results should not be overgeneralized and that more research is needed before it can be determined whether or not multivitamin supplementation is beneficial. The evidence review was conducted by researchers for the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to update its previous recommendation. In 2003, the USPSTF found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against the use of vitamins A, C, and E, multivitamins with folic acid, or anti-oxidant combinations for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or cancer.

    At the time, the USPSTF recommended against beta-carotene supplements alone or in combination with other supplements because they had no benefit and actually harmed patients at risk for lung cancer. The current research review reconfirmed the beta-carotene findings and also found good evidence that Vitamin E does not protect against cancer or cardiovascular disease.

    Citation: Stephen P. Fortmann, MD; Brittany U. Burda, MPH; Caitlyn A. Senger, MPH; Jennifer S. Lin, MD, MCR; and Evelyn P. Whitlock, MD, MPH, 'Vitamin and Mineral Supplements in the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: An Updated Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force', Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(12):824-834-834. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-159-12-201312170-00729

    Comments

    Indeed. In order to be effective against heart attack the following vitamins must be taken in combination; B6, B12, folic acid, and choline as lecithin. No commercially available formulations included these.

    In order to be effective against mental decline and stroke the following vitamins must be taken in combination: B6, B12, folic acid, D, lecithin, and long chain omega3 fish oils.

    In order to be effective against arthritis, viral infection, and periodontal disease the following vitamins must be taken in combination: ubiquinol, copper, C, D, melatonin. zinc,

    In order to be effective against prostate enlargement zinc must be taken daily between 25mg and 50mg

    The reason you do not find studies of vitamins taken in proper combination and proper dose is that physicians are ignorant of nutrition, disease prevention, and metabolism. There's no profit for the physician in keepiing people well. Physicians have a conflict of interest.

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    Hank
    That's like saying biochemists don't care about people because they have a conflict of interest due to needing to study chemicals in organisms. They have to find problems. It's too broad a statement to have any validity.