26 Mar '11, 7am

Do vitamins stop cancer, heart attacks?: In a study of more than 180,000 people, scientists saw the same number

Do vitamins stop cancer, heart attacks?: In a study of more than 180,000 people, scientists saw the same number

In a study of more than 180,000 people, scientists saw the same number of deaths from cancer and heart disease among multivitamin-takers and those who did not take the supplements. "People need to understand that just taking these multivitamins is not sufficient to prevent disease," said Jennifer Hsiang-Ling Lin, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, who did not work on the study. Multiple past studies have shown no link between multivitamins and reduced risk of cancer or heart disease. Other recent research couldn't prove that multivitamins protect against diabetes, either. Some small studies in the past have shown that specific vitamins, not multivitamins, may be protective against heart disease or cancer later in life. However these studies looked at undernourished people, not generally healthy adults like the U.S. population, said c...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/Health/News/Story/A1Story20110325-...

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