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No Clear Benefit?
Two published studies and an accompanying editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine say there is no clear benefit for most to consume vitamin supplements.
Eliseo Guallar of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and colleagues wrote in a editorial “Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamins and Mineral Supplements,” which accompanied the studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine, said there is no clear evidence of a beneficial effect on all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease or cancer.
Dietary supplements may help some people meet nutritional needs, but eating a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods is the best way for most people, the studies said.
“These findings support the evidence-based position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that the best nutrition-based strategy for promoting optimal health and reducing the risk of chronic disease is to wisely choose a wide variety of foods,” Heather Mangieri, registered dietitian nutritionist and academy spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said in a statement.
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