A new study has just been published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that asks whether specific supplements can prevent heart disease, stroke, or early death.
And the answer may surprise you.
The study authors examined 179 previously published studies on the health effects of a variety of individual vitamin and mineral supplements combined with multivitamins.
For multivitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, beta-carotene, calcium, and selenium, they found no reduction in the occurrence of heart disease, stroke, or early death.
This means that there is no benefit in taking them for heart health and to stay alive, but at least they do no harm.
This is more than can be said of mixed antioxidant supplements. These actually increased people’s chance of suffering an early death from any cause while also failing to reduce stroke and heart disease risk.
Niacin seemed to cause early deaths in people taking statins with it.
The only supplements for which they found a bit of positive evidence was folic acid for reduction in heart disease, and both folic acid and B-vitamins (taken separately not together) for stroke reduction.
However, this evidence was rather weak.
Therefore, this study seems to suggest that vitamin and mineral supplementation is unnecessary for heart disease because it has minimal measurable health effects.
There are two reasons for the ineffectiveness of these supplements:
1) Most supplements people take are low quality and not absorbed by the body. If you decide to take supplements, make sure you invest in high-quality ones.
2) People who take supplements often think they’re safe and therefore don’t pay as much attention to their diet. Supplements should only be used as an extra boost of vitamins and mineral but should never be used to make up for an unhealthy diet.
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