17 Oct '11, 3pm

New studies highlight risks of vitamin supplements: WASHINGTON: New research is prompting a fresh look at the va...

WASHINGTON: New research is prompting a fresh look at the value of vitamin supplements, with some surprising results indicating that taking too many supplements of some could be harmful. The research is forcing scientists to rethink the use of supplements with antioxidants, which had been seen as beneficial in preventing cancer, heart disease and other ailments. "Everybody is confused," admitted Toren Finkel, head of the Centre for Molecular Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While logic would seem to dictate that taking vitamins and antioxidants should help fight illness and disease, Finkel said in an interview that the clinical data "are pretty consistently showing no benefit." "So that means we have to go back and think about some of the assumptions we have made along the way in terms of what the mechanism for these diseases are and how things like oxi...

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