If vitamins don't do anything to help prevent heart disease or cancer — two leading killers of Americans — then why did we just spend a whole bunch of money on supplements and take them right before hearing this news??
Anyway, about half the U.S. population takes vitamins in believing they help you live longer, healthier lives, and now it's starting to seem that's not the case. We mean, we were all gonna die anyway, why would we ever think taking 'healthy' things would keep that at bay??
Why waste those few precious seconds taking vitamins when they don't put off the inevitable??
Here's what Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a heart disease specialist at the University of California San Francisco who's a member of the Task Force that's reevaluating the effectiveness of vitamins, had to say:
"A healthy balanced diet is critical for good health, and that's probably the most important way that we get the nutrients that are essential. The USPSTF reviewed 24 studies of individual vitamins, minerals, or functional nutrient pairs. Across all the supplements studied, there was no evidence of beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease, cancer, or all-cause mortality."
FANTASTIC. So that means that multivitamins aren't the best way to get the nutrients we need, mostly because they don't do anything for us.
The task force continued:
“The USPSTF concludes with moderate certainty that the net benefit of vitamin E supplementation is zero."
The good news is, vitamins DO help pregnant women and healthy babies! So if you're doing the prenatal thing, keep on doing it! The benefits of folic acid are SUPER clear!
There is an exception here, though — people with vitamin deficiencies. In those cases, multivitamins are better than nothing!
The researchers continued:
"Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood may play a role in the prevention of cancer or cardiovascular disease. We recommend that healthy people get adequate nutrients by eating a variety of foods in moderation, rather than by taking supplements."
So there you have it!
The next time you're in the market for a huge bottle of super-expensive vitamins, you might wanna pass — and hit the fruits and veggies section of the supermarket instead!
Stop using multivitamins to offset your poor health decisions!
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