Supplements do barely anything to protect you from heart disease or early death, study finds

Mail Online | 7/8/2019 | Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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Most nutritional supplements offer no protection against an early death, a major review has found.

Multivitamins, fish oil and antioxidants are among the products taken by millions of people which make no difference to mortality rates, experts found.

Team - Academics - West - Virginia - University

A team of academics at West Virginia University in the US analysed 277 trials, involving a combined 1 million people, to determine the effects of 16 different nutritional supplements and eight dietary interventions.

They found the majority made no difference to mortality or cardiovascular disease.

Percent - Adults - Vitamins - Supplements - Day

Some 34 percent of adults take vitamins and supplements every day - driving a market that has grown 6 percent in five years is now worth an annual $37 billion globally.

But experts are increasingly skeptical about the worth of the pills, with many pointing out that supplements do provide a short cut to a healthy diet and can never replace real food.

Researchers - Annals - Internal - Medicine - Journal

The researchers, writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal, found some supplements provided a degree of protection against specific health problems.

Folic acid, for example, showed some protection against stroke.

Acids - Fish - Oils - Heart - Attacks

And omega-3 fatty acids, which are present in fish oils, protected against heart attacks.

But they found multivitamins, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin D and iron had no significant effect on either early death or cardiovascular disease.

Researchers - Interventions - Mediterranean - Diet - Vegetables

The researchers also found dietary interventions, such as the Mediterranean diet, rich in vegetables,...
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