In the News: Vitamins Don’t Prevent Heart Disease

People often feel quite strongly about taking vitamin supplements, thinking they do everything from decreasing the risk of cancer to decreasing the risk of heart disease. But a recent study published in the journal Circulation argues that vitamin supplements do nothing to lower our cardiovascular risk.

The studies authors “conducted a comprehensive search of Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane Library for studies published between January 1970 and August 2016. [They] included clinical trials and prospective cohort studies in the general population evaluating associations between mutivitamin supplementation and cardiovascular disease outcomes.”

Their findings? There was no association between vitamin intake and the risk of heart attacks whatsoever. Their conclusion? A well-balanced diet remains a far better defense against heart disease than vitamin supplementation. I agree.

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