For quite some time research cast a doubt on the benefits of multivitamin supplementation. Now it looks like at best they won’t do anything, but at worst could shorten your life span.
The Growing Evidence Against Vitamin SuppsJust pop a pill and you did something good for your body. Right? It's what I believed for ages and led me to spend tons of money on multivitamins and other health supplement paraphernalia. It was so much easier than trying to do that thing called "healthy nutrition" - eat your greens and the rest of the drill.The I looked into how much fact is behind our happy pill-popping practice:
- Already in 1996 researchers found that high amounts of vitamin A, the very vitamin often marketed as an “antioxidant” that supposedly protects you from them, may increase the risk of cancer and coronary disease.
- In 2003, a Swedish study found that excessive consumption of the same vitamin may raise the risk of bone fractures up to seven times (PDF) – it was the fourth study coming to that conclusion.
- In 2007, again vitamin A, but also E, were linked to an increase in prostate cancer among men who habitually used multivitamin tablets.