Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Vitamin pills: Nothing will come of nothing

This meta-analysis in the new BMJ is the most zero finding ever. I mean to tell you, the bottom line is zip, zilch, nada, bupkis, totally nothing: taking vitamin supplements, be they specifically anti-oxidant vitamins or multi-vitamins or whatever you want absolutely, positively, does not prevent heart disease or the bad consequences thereof based on a huge amount of unusually consistent evidence.

Other reviews have found that vitamin supplements don't prevent cancer -- in fact certain vitamin supplements actually increase the risk of cancer in smokers. Taking vitamin supplements doesn't make you live longer, doesn't stop your hair from falling out, doesn't do a damn thing for you as long as you eat a half decent diet and don't have a specific disease (such as pernicious anemia) that requires supplementation.

These products are heavily marketed, you see them on teevee all the time. Ignore the advertisements. Save your money. Eat your veggies.

That is all.

3 comments:

robin andrea said...

I'm so glad to read this. I don't take any vitamins, but I have always had a nagging worry that I should. Whew! Good diet and fresh veggies win again!

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