Vitamins and minerals provide no health benefits: study

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Toronto: Popping in a vitamin and mineral supplements might feel virtuous but are they actually worth it. Most popular vitamin and mineral supplements provide no health benefit, contrary to popular belief.

What the study says:

According to a study conducted by the St. Michael’s Hospital, common vitamin and mineral supplements have no consistent benefit for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke or premature death or no harm. According to researchers few of these could even do harm, according. A team of researchers in Canada found that common supplements such as multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C provide no protection against heart disease, heart attack, stroke or premature death.

The downfalls:

Among the downfalls that the authors acknowledged was their findings may be skewed by the fact that most people who take health supplements are generally more conscious about their well-being and may not be representative of the general population.  The research mirrors a 2013 study that also suggested supplements have no long-term health benefits for healthy adults but could be potentially harmful.

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