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Multivitamins don't help you live longer

2013-12-17 22:52:58.943609+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Annals of Internal Medicine: Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (Guallar, Stranges, Mulrow, Appel, and Miller).

In conclusion, β-carotene, Vitamin E, and possibly high doses of vitamin A supplements are harmful. Other antioxidants, folic acid and B vitamins, and multivitamin and mineral supplements are ineffective for preventing mortality or morbidity due to major chronic diseases.

I'd like to dig into a few aspects, I believe I have found that a B-complex can help me when I'm having trouble focusing or thinking, but the general trend on mortality here is interesting.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-12-18 14:04:14.096306+00 by: TheSHAD0W

ineffective for preventing mortality or morbidity due to major chronic diseases

That leaves a lot of leeway for benefit to life.

I suffer from visual migraines, and periodic doses of an electrolyte supplement keep them away. (It's probably magnesium that's doing it, but I haven't tried to narrow it down.)

#Comment Re: made: 2013-12-18 14:56:32.350353+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, I'd like to see a little more delving into quality of life issues. Mortality ain't the only thing, and even morbidity only changes that a little.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-12-18 19:46:16.832852+00 by: meuon

We've recently had a friend, technically a little younger than us, that passed. As a human being, a friend, explorer, father and many more things, he lived longer and better than anyone else I know.