If you’re gobbling multivitamins in the hope of lowering your risk for cancer and heart disease, you may want to reconsider. After conducting the largest study ever on the value of multivitamins, researchers concluded they don’t prevent these chronic diseases in women, even women who take them for years.
Scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle followed 162,000 women, all past menopause, for eight years. Nearly half took vitamins daily. They concluded the supplements basically had no effect, causing no benefit and no harm either.
In the United States, the public spends more than $20-billion a year on dietary supplements, a third of it on multivitamins. The researchers advise consumers to eat a proper diet with enough fruit and vegetables to get proper nutrition.
One of the study authors says that despite the disappointing results, the research doesn’t mean multivitamins are useless. She believes they may still be useful “as a form of insurance” for people with poor eating habits.