For vitamins and minerals – eat real food
There are no health benefits from the most common vitamin and mineral supplements.
This is the finding in a new study led by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C (the most common supplements) showed no advantage or added risk in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke or premature death.
The study found folic acid alone and B-vitamins with folic acid may reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Meanwhile, niacin and antioxidants showed a very small effect that might signify an increased risk of death from any cause.
The researchers concluded that apart from folic acid’s potential reduction in the risk of stroke and heart disease, the best way absorb essential vitamins and minerals is from food – with no research to date on supplements showing anything better than healthy servings of less processed plant foods such as vegetables, fruits and nuts.
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