“The Heart, Vitamins and Truth”
Over half of Americans take vitamins or dietary supplements, frequently with the mistaken notion that they are going to prevent or reverse heart disease and cancer. Huge clinical trials have debunked these fallacious claims. Yet, hyped infomercials, like the Dr. Oz Show, continue to make unsupported claims and fail to present the scientific truth. A new study from Finland, published in Archives of Internal Medicine, indicates that people taking vitamins or supplements are more likely to die over a given period than people not taking them. Researchers studied nearly 1,800 people between the ages of 62 and 74, who were participating in a prospective, population health study for over ten years. Experts found people taking vitamins or supplements were 50 to 70 percent more likely to die over the course of the study than those not taking them.