What Multivitamins Won’t Do for Cancer, Heart Disease and Lots of Other Things
It’s easier to write about what multivitamins don’t do than it is to write about what they do, because what they do can be summed up in two words: not much. Now comes what is described as a “massive study” of 161,808 American women, age 50 to 79, who are part of the ongoing Women’s Health Initiative, in which researchers looked for some benefit from multivitamins in reducing the risk of common cancers, cardiovascular disease or dying from any cause. Geezer finds the “dying of any cause” aspect particularly persuasive. Canada.com reports that the researchers found no evidence multivitamins either increased or decreased the risk
of cancers of the breast (invasive), colon/rectum, endometrium, ovary,
kidney, bladder, stomach or lung. They also found no significant effect on the risk of heart attack, stroke and blood clots in the veins.There was also no association between multivitamin use and total mortality. The website reports that the
findings held after researchers took body mass index, smoking, blood
pressure, a history of heart disease and other factors into account.
Read more at Canada.com.