Multivitamins May Decrease Cardiovascular Disease Mortality
Regular consumption of multivitamins may considerably reduce the risk of dying from heart disease, according to a new study published in the July 2009 issue of The American Journal of Epidemiology.
For the study, nearly 80,000 Washington State residents completed a mailed self-administered questionnaire in 2000/2002.
Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at the University of Washington analyzed the data obtained from the survey. They found that people who took multivitamins 6-7 days per week for an average of 10 years had a 16% reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
They also found that taking supplements of vitamin E reduced the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 28%.
However, multivitamin use did not seem to decrease the risk of death from cancer or decrease total mortality.
This study supports other recent studies that are finding many health benefits associated with taking multivitamins.
One such study, published in June, 2009 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that the cells of people who take multivitamins regularly actually have a younger biological age.
This study refutes a controversial meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2007 that reported that supplements of vitamins A, E and beta-carotene may increase mortality risk by up to 16%.
As the science backing multivitamins keeps building, more consumers are becoming convinced. Currently 1 out of every 2 Americans take multivitamins on a regular basis.
Multivitamins have been shown to boost overall mental and physical health but they are by no means an alternative to a healthy diet and exercise.
It is also important to note that not all multi-vitamins are created equal you should do some research before choosing the multivitamin that best suits your needs. You can get a free copy of the 2009 Multivitamin Guide at www.multivitaminguide.org .