Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Daily vitamins may not help

As I've started to feel old now and then, I've been taking multivitamins. I may rethink this effort. A huge study found multivitamins may not make much of a difference.

The largest study ever of multivitamin use in older women found the pills did nothing to prevent common cancers or heart disease.
The eight-year study in 161,808 postmenopausal women echoes recent disappointing vitamin studies in men.
Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars on vitamins to boost their health. Research has focused on cancer and heart disease in particular because of evidence that diets full of vitamin-rich foods may protect against those illnesses. But that evidence doesn't necessarily mean pills are a good substitute.
The study's lead author, researcher Marian Neuhouser of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, offered this advice: "Get nutrients from food. Whole foods are better than dietary supplements," Neuhouser said.


Our society looks for the quick fixes. We want short cuts. Many don't want to put in the time and effort to earn the reward.

The lesson I take from this is it is better focus on eating a healthy diet, and don't worry about pills.

(Hat tip: Dr. Helen)

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ChristineMM said...

I agree.
And add exercise, at least something moderate like walking so that a person is not completely sedentary.

With that said I should be exercising instead of reading blogs right now I guess. LOL.

Luke Holzmann said...