Multivitamins are a complete waste of money: Study

Multivitamins don’t contain any proven health benefits.

If you take multivitamins, you may want to reconsider your morning routine. The latest issue of the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine, looks at the research and clinical trials and penned an editorial with a headline worth reading: “Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Mineral Supplements.”

The negative effects of vitamins: Study

Study raises more questions about the health benefits of vitamins.

A new Biology Letters  paper raises more questions about the benefits of vitamins as a health supplement. High doses of dietary antioxidants such as vitamins are claimed to slow the process of cellular aging by lessening the damage to proteins, lipids and DNA caused by free radicals. Some research has found that the longevity of mice could be extended by administering particular vitamin supplements, despite the supplements’ limited effectiveness in reducing free radical damage. However, the opposite was found to be true in voles in a new study.


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Why the antioxidant myth is too easy to swallow

‘Blueberries best be eaten because they taste good, not because their consumption will lead to less cancer.’

Are people hooked on a fallacy that antioxidant is a byword for healthy?  Is it because the truth is less appealing? A controversial Nobel laureate has stated in a peer-reviewed paper he described as “among my most important work”, that antioxidant supplements “may have caused more cancers than they have prevented”.



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Doubt cast on advantages of organic produce and meat

Researchers say organic foods are no more nutritious and no less likely to be contaminated.

Are organic fruits and vegetables more nutritious than conventional fruits and vegetables?  Maybe — or maybe not.

Scientists at Stanford University have weighed in on the “maybe not” side of the debate after an extensive examination of four decades of research comparing organic and conventional foods.



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Nanoparticles in food, vitamins could harm human health

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An intestinal cell monolayer after exposure to nanoparticles, shown in green.

Billions of engineered nanoparticles in foods and pharmaceuticals are ingested by humans daily, and new Cornell research warns they may be more harmful to health than previously thought.

A research collaboration led by Michael Shuler, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Chemical Engineering and the James and Marsha McCormick Chair of Biomedical Engineering, studied how large doses of polystyrene nanoparticles — a common, FDA-approved material found in substances from food additives to vitamins — affected how well chickens absorbed iron, an essential nutrient, into their cells…

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Vitamins and dietary supplements offer little benefit, may be harmful: Study


The study found a small increase in the risk of death among older women who took dietary supplements.

Most people receive little benefit from taking multivitamins and many other dietary supplements and they may even be harmful, according to researchers behind a large new study.



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