Study Shows Multivitamins Don’t Help You Live Longer

( – Multivitamins have been something that many Americans have added to their daily routines. In fact, one in three adults consume multivitamins on a regular basis, but a recent study has shown that these vitamins don’t help to extend your life.

The study from the National Institutes of Health has found that “multivitamin use to improve longevity is not supported.” The study looked at four hundred thousand adults over twenty years old with a median age of sixty-one years old.

The study found that there is no evidence to support that daily multivitamins help to reduce the risk of death from conditions such as heart disease or cancer. In fact, the study found that those who took multivitamins were four percent more likely to die than non-users.

Dr. Jade A Cobern, MD, MPH, a board-certified physician in pediatrics and general preventive medicine, spoke out about what this means for us. “What this study shows is that, generally, multivitamins aren’t going to help you live longer,” Cobern said. “Even though the cost of many multivitamins isn’t high, this is still an expense that many people can be spared from.”

Cobern stressed the importance of getting vitamins from your daily intake of food and focusing on vegetables instead of relying simply on a supplement. Decreasing how much red meat you’re eating and increasing whole grains can benefit you more than taking a multivitamin might, according to Cobern.

“I recommend everyone get routine health checkups and to talk to doctors about your dietary history and disclose any supplements you’re taking in those appointments.”

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