Vitamins Boost Women's Risk of Dying

High concentration of nutrients may turn toxic: researchers
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2011 2:50 PM CDT
Vitamins Boost Women's Mortality Rate: Study
The high concentration of nutrients in vitamins may actually shorten your life.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Popping too many vitamins may actually shorten your life, a new study says. Researchers looked at the supplement intake of 38,000 women, starting in their early 60s, over 19 years—and found vitamin-users had a 2.4% higher chance of dying. Multivitamins, B6, iron, zinc, copper, folic acid, and iron were linked to the slight increase in mortalities, reports My Health News Daily.

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What's behind the numbers? Possibly vitamins' high concentration of nutrients, which "can be toxic in higher amounts, especially when consumed for a long time, as some of these accumulate to body," the study author says. One ray of sunlight for vitamin-lovers: Calcium supplements seemed to lower women's death risk by 3.8%. The study supports earlier findings that vitamin intake might actually kill you. (Read more vitamins stories.)

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