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Study Shows Multivitamins Do Not Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease, Mortality

April 5, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
A large, long-term clinical trial has found that taking a daily multivitamin supplement does not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease any more than a sugar pill does. There was also no conclusive evidence that people whose diet is poor are less likely to experience heart disease (CVD) or early death when they take a daily multivitamin. Lastly, the trial, conducted among 14,000 physicians over age 50 for eleven years, found that taking multivitamins along with eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, dairy products, red meats, processed meats, or key nutrients such as vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and vitamin D, “had no measurable influence on the effectiveness of a multivitamin on CVD risk in middle-aged and older men.”
S. Rautiainen et al., "Baseline Nutritional Status and Long-term Multivitamin Use on Cardiovascular Disease Risk in the Physicians' Health Study II - A Randomized Clinical Trial", JAMA Cardiology, April 05, 2017, © American Medical Association
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