Multivitamins May Help You Avoid A Heart Attack
Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden recently found that multivitamins may help healthy women avoid having a heart attack. Their findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
For the study, the researchers recruited over 30,000 women with no history of heart disease and 2,262 women that had been previously diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. The women were followed over a 10 year period.
The study participants were all between 29 and 83 years of age at the start of the study and 60% of them used some form of dietary supplement.
During the course of the study, 932 of the women with no previous signs of cardiovascular disease and 269 of the women that did have a history of cardiovascular disease experienced a heart attack.
When the researchers compared the multivitamin consumption of participants that had heart attacks to those that did not, they found that multivitamins reduced the risk of heart attack by 27% among women with no prior history of heart disease.
On the other hand, among the women with a history of heart disease, the researchers found no statistically significant link between multivitamin use and heart attack incidence.
Although the current research regarding multivitamins is somewhat contradicting, some studies have shown that multivitamins may aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and even boost mental and physical health. Other studies have also shown that the cells of people that routinely take multivitamins actually have a younger biological age.
While the jury is still out on the real benefits derived from multivitamins, it is well known that most people do not receive recommended doses of many vitamins through diet alone so multivitamins may be an easy way to bridge that gap.