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Study Finds Multivitamins Are Effective

Debate still exists regarding the efficacy of multivitamin/mineral supplements. A recent large-scale study has determined that multivitamins and mineral supplements help fill in the gaps of nutrient shortfalls in people’s diets.


Participants in the study included 10,698 people who completed a survey that included questions about multivitamin/mineral supplement use. Of that group, 28% took a multivitamin/mineral supplement and 20% said they took one for more than 21 days of the previous 30 days.


The survey allowed the researchers to assess intakes from food alone versus food plus multivitamin/mineral supplements of 17 nutrients. It also allowed them to determine frequency of use, as well as evaluate multivitamin/mineral supplements and eliminate single nutrient and other types of supplements.


The researchers performed an exhaustive statistical analysis of the data, and they found that people who took multivitamin/mineral supplements for 21 of the previous 30 days eliminated inadequacies in all the nutrients examined except for calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D.


Researchers from Tufts University conducted the study. It was published on August 9, 2017, in the journal Nutrients.


Previous studies have shown that multivitamins and minerals 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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