Are there any benefits to taking vitamin supplements?
A lot of people rely on vitamin supplements to help boost their health, but scientists are now looking to see how much they can actually help, or whether they are just a bit of a waste of money. How much do they actually contribute to your well being, or is it a pseudo effect? You know you’re taking them and that they should be doing good, so there for you feel like they are.
Well, according to new research, led by Dr David Jenkins of the University of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, the answer has been found; and it might not be what people were hoping for. The answer is that they are really not doing a great deal to your overall health.
The paper, which was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology focused specifically on the heart health benefits of a lot of popular supplements, including vitamins A-E, calcium, beta-carotene, as well as multivitamins. The results are rather disappointing to those who spend a lot of money on these supplements, as there is a high chance that they are not actually doing anything for you.
The researcher got their data by looking at previous surveys and trials, as a way of determining if those individuals who took supplements did, in fact, see any cardiovascular benefits or decreased risk of death from cardiac events. They also looked at which supplements helped this, if any, and which ones most certainly did not work. The results from their study concluded that multivitamins, as well as vitamin C, D and calcium supplements have absolutely no positive cardiovascular benefits, and did not affect the rates of heart disease, heart attack or a stroke.
It was not all completely bad though, antioxidant supplements and niacin were associated with a smaller increase in the risk of mortality. This has not been delved into deeper though, and not a lot of detail was given. The researchers also found that B vitamins and folic acid were both associated with a lower risk of heart disease and strokes, so there is some good news to come out of this research.
It should be pointed out that these claims are not completely surprising, as other studies have also discovered the same thing. The scientists have instead suggested that you increase the amount of fruit, vegetables and other plant foods in order for you to boost the number of vitamins and minerals in your diet. Finally, they simply suggest living a clean and healthy lifestyle, as opposed to dosing yourself up on supplements to do this for you.