Multivitamin and mineral supplements do not bring any benefit to our health. I study

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Multivitamin and mineral supplements. Not all the most used and most famous ones have real benefits for our health. To say it is a new study, conducted by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto

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Multivitamin and mineral supplements. Not all the most used and most famous ones have real benefits for our health. To say it is a new study, conducted by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto.





By examining a series of existing data and studies carried out in the period between January 2012 and October 2017, Canadian scientists found that multivitamin supplements with vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C, the most common and most used especially in periods of greater fatigue like spring, they are of no benefit in preventing cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, or premature death.

Generally, the vitamin supplements and minerals are taken in addition to the nutrients found in food. The study authors themselves were amazed at the results:

“We were surprised to find so few positive effects from the more common supplements that people consume. Our review found that the use of multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium or vitamin C, is not harmful but there is no apparent benefit " he said Dr. David Jenkins, lead author of the study.

The team looked at data that also included vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6, B9 (folic acid), C, D and E, carotene, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and selenium. The term “multivitamin” in the study was used to describe supplements that include most vitamins and minerals.

According to the results obtained by Canadian scientists, only folic acid and B vitamins can actually help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. But the Vitamin B3 and antioxidants had shown an adverse effect, albeit very small, even linked to an increased risk of death from one of the causes examined.

"These findings suggest that people should be aware of the supplements they are taking and make sure they are applicable to the specific vitamin or mineral deficiencies they have been made aware of by their doctor," continues Jenkins.



According to the researchers, health is taken care of at the table with a healthy diet, rich in vitamins and minerals.

"So far, no research on supplements has shown us that they are better than eating healthy plant foods, such as vegetables, fresh fruit and nuts."

20 grams of nuts per day they bring significant benefits to our heart health. Similarly, other types of dried fruit they can provide valuable help in preventing or alleviating the most common ailments.


The study was published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology.


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