A new study suggests that vitamin and mineral supplements usually offer no health benefits and could even be harmful. Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto have revealed that common pills, like vitamin C capsules, have not been proven to provide health benefits while
some could even increase the risk of death. Instead, they suggest people are better off getting their nutrients from eating a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables.
Published in the Journal of the America College of Cardiology researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital and he University of Toronto reviewed the most common supplements taken by the general Population including A, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6, B9 (folic acid), C, D
and E. Also studied were the minerals beta-carotene, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and selenium. It found that while multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C showed no
harm, they also showed no benefit in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, strokes or premature death. They even discovered
that some, including niacin and antioxidants, showed signs they could actually be harmful as they showed a very small increased risk of
death fiom any cause. One of the supplements, folic acid, was found to have some Positive effects though
and was proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke. “We were surprised to find so few positive effects of the most common supplements that people consume,”said Dr. David Jenkins, the lead author of this study.