Tag Archives: multivitamins

Vitamin studies spell confusion

The alphabet soup of vitamin studies making headlines in the last few weeks has left more than one head spinning, and most clinicians scrambling for answers. As the dust begins to settle, physicians seem to agree on one bit of simple wisdom – a healthy diet is, without question, MUCH MORE important than a fistful of vitamins or supplements. Continue reading

Some supplements associated with increased risk of death in older women

More than half of American adults take dietary supplements. Now a major new study finds that supplements either do no good or increase the risk of dying from cancer or heart disease. Continue reading

ConsumerLab.com puts multivitamins to the test

Long-time readers know of my fondness for and (unpaid) endorsement of ConsumerLab.com, one of the two best companies that test natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) for safety and quality. Now ConsumerLab has test results of 60 multivitamins and have shown that you can’t always judge a supplement by its label—or by its price. Continue reading

Vitamin supplement dramatically lessens risk of miscarriage and birth defects

Taking a multivitamin before and during early pregnancy has just been shown to be associated with a dramatic 57% reduction in the risk for miscarriage. If you are a woman who is sexually active and not sterile or infertile, whether you are taking birth control of not, you should, in my opinion, be taking a prenatal multivitamin every day.

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Are multivitamins helpful or harmful when it comes to preventing chronic diseases?

According to the LA Times, “a spate of high-profile studies published in the last few years shows that a variety of popular supplements — including calcium, selenium, and vitamins A, C and E — don’t do anything to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, or a variety of cancers.” And, the New York Times is reporting, “In the past few years, several high-quality studies have failed to show that extra vitamins, at least in pill form, help prevent chronic disease or prolong life.” But what about multivitamins? Are they helpful or harmful

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