Multivitamins All Hooey
The vitamin industry is taking us for a ride: Edgar Miller
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2013 6:03 PM CST
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(Newser) – Those multivitamins sitting on your counter are a waste of money perpetuated by little more than anecdotal evidence, according to a professor of medicine and epidemiology at John Hopkins University, CNN reports. The vitamin and supplement "industry is based on anecdote, people saying 'I take this, and it makes me feel better,'" said Edgar Miller, whose editorial was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "It's perpetuated. But when you put it to the test, there's no evidence of benefit in the long term. It can't prevent mortality, stroke or heart attack."

He slammed three studies that analyzed the effects of multis—one a meta-analysis of 27 studies of over 450,000 participants, which found that the vitamins did nothing to prevent cancer or heart attacks. A second study Miller deemed invalid (too many dropouts), and the third showed no improved cognitive functions in older men. Yet Gladys Block, a nutrition professor at Berkeley, says each of those studies is too flawed to take seriously, and argues that multivitamins are helpful for Americans because they eat so poorly. "You're not getting any of these micronutrients from Coke and Twinkies," she said.

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Who_Cares
Dec 18, 2013 7:26 PM CST
That's not entirely the truth because my Vitamin D3 was at 25 level and after I start taking the Supplement in six months it went up to 38 and I had more energy, so nobody is going to tell me that they don't work.
Econ_101
Dec 18, 2013 2:09 PM CST
I take my vitamins from Beer and Twinkies. Tried all the rest without success !
codenameradical
Dec 18, 2013 12:42 PM CST
Healthy people taking vitamins = pointless. If you are legitimately not getting enough of something you need, then it has a purpose. But then you'll have talked to a doctor, had a blood test, been informed your levels are low, and been given instructions on what to take. People who choose on their own to take stuff without any demonstrated need are just taxing their liver/kidneys, because make no mistake, if you don't need additional material, it gets filtered out. Even if you "feel better".