“Multivitamins Do Not Prevent Heart Disease or Strokes”
Currently, 53% of the population now takes a daily dietary supplement and, of these, multivitamins are the most widely used product of this $26 billion industry. About 31% of Americans use multivitamin and mineral supplements, according to 2011-2012 data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Still, most experts seriously doubt the “claimed benefits” of these supplements and they have found the harmful potential of many of them, including multivitamins. Cases in point, new studies have linked heavy multivitamin use to fatal prostate cancer, increased breast tissue density (associated with breast cancer), and increased allergies and asthma in children. Cancer experts say multivitamins are far less effective than a good diet, exercise and not smoking, each of which can lower cancer risk by 20% to 30%. A new 2018 study, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, states that taking multivitamin and mineral supplements don’t prevent heart attacks, strokes, or cardiovascular death. Experts reviewed results from 18 prospective cohort studies and randomized controlled trials, which involved a total of more than 2 million participants with an average of 12 years of follow-up.