Middle-aged men who take multivitamins daily for several years will not see a decrease in heart disease risk, according to a new large study from the United States.
The study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that the long-term benefits of taking these vitamins are uncertain, despite the billions of dollars the industry takes in each year.
14,641 male doctors with an average age of 64 were randomly assigned to take either a placebo or a multivitamin. Howard Sesso, an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University in Boston, explains the study results:
« Among this population of American male physicians, daily multivitamin intake did not reduce major cardiovascular events, myocardial infarction, stroke, and cardiovascular disease mortality after more than a decade of treatment and follow-up. “, he declares in the conclusion of the study.
« Whether to take a daily multivitamin, consideration must be given to the nutritional status of the individual, as the purpose of supplementation is to prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as well as taking into account other potential effects, including a modest reduction in cancer and other important outcomes in the Physicians’ Health Study. II which will be the subject of a separate report.
You can read the full study here: Journal of the American Medical Association