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Experts Refute Editorial That Said Multivitamins Are Useless

An article last December made the news with it’s assertion that multivitamin supplements were unnecessary and potentially dangerous. Now the same publication has published a contradictory editorial saying that the original article “ignored decades of nutritional research and diet monitoring of the U.S. population to reach this misleading conclusion”.

The researchers in this article pointed out that the authors of the previous article focused specifically on chronic disease and chose to examine specific trials that proved their perspective that multivitamins do not prevent chronic disease. The current researchers also pointed out that the study completely ignored the standard American diet, which is lacking in a wide range of basic nutrients.

For example, they cited the fact that 92% of Americans don’t get enough vitamin D or E, 61% don’t get enough magnesium, and 50% don’t get enough calcium or vitamin A. They also said that assuming every American is following the dietary guidelines is “naïve and irresponsible.”

In regards to chronic diseases, the researchers for this more recent article point out that the longest RCT assessing multivitamins, the Physicians’ Health Study II, found an 8% reduction in incidence of cancer, a 9% reduction in total cataracts, and a 13% reduction in nuclear cataracts in male physicians who took a multivitamin.

The authors of this article were researchers from Oregon State University, the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Tufts University, and the Harvard School of Public Health. It was published in the June, 2014 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Previous studies have shown that multivitamins may aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and boost general physical health. Other studies have also shown that the cells of people who routinely take multivitamins have a younger biological age.

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