My Patients Ask — Do dietary supplements or multivitamins prevent cancer or heart disease

In my most recent book, The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions, I conclude that for most people multivitamins have no benefit and may cause harm. Now’s there’s a new recommendation from the USPSTF on the topic.

In my book, I also conclude that NO dietary supplements have been shown to be both safe and effective at reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

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Now the USPSTF joins me in recommending against supplements for CVD or cancer.

The US Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft “D” recommendation against the use of beta-carotene or vitamin E supplements by community-dwelling, nonpregnant adults to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer.

The task force released two “I” recommendations that found insufficient evidence to assess the use of other single- or paired-nutrient supplements or multivitamins for CVD or cancer prevention.

You can read the full story in AAFP News.


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