Multivitamin does not prevent cardio-vascular disease

Shock! (/sarcasm) (paywalled)

The largest, randomized, double-blind trial to date has confirmed what smaller studies have suggested and what many physicians have long believed: a daily multivitamin does not reduce the risk of CVD.

Over a median follow-up of 11.2 years, 1732 CV events occurred, but the rate of events was no higher among men taking placebo than those taking a daily multivitamin. Rates of major CV events were 11 and 10.8 per 1000 person-years in the multivitamin and placebo groups, respectively.

Here is the abstract from the actual study

Among this population of US male physicians, taking a daily multivitamin did not reduce major cardiovascular events, MI, stroke, and CVD mortality after more than a decade of treatment and follow-up.

In a not so surprising result, a large well controlled study does not find any benefit to taking a daily multivitamin to improve your cardio-vascular health. Multivitamins are attractive to people because they are a cheap, easy and painless way to feel like looking after your health.

The evidence is in people, it’s not really worth it. Taking vitamins is not a substitute for having a healthy diet and getting plenty of excersise. Unless you’re vitamin deficient, save your money.

  1 comment for “Multivitamin does not prevent cardio-vascular disease

  1. Massachusetts
    November 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I know people who sell the shaklee line of vitamins (Vitalizer) via network marketing. This line claims to have extensive studies proving their efficacy. They are quite sure about it. I bring up reports like this, and they shake them off, insisting their studies are correct.

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