Are those vitamins you take good for you, bad for you, or just a waste of time and money? A panel of experts has decided to weigh in on the health benefits of most vitamins and supplements.
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In its draft guidelines, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that in some cases, certain supplements, such as beta carotene or vitamin E, may actually do more harm than good. Instead of focusing on supplements, they recommend that people focus on the health benefits of a well-balanced diet instead.
“In general, the Task Force found that there is not enough evidence to determine whether you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer by taking single or paired nutrients, or a multivitamin,” Task Force Co-Chair Dr. Michael LeFevre said in a news release.
Citing a lack of evidence, the panel concluded it could not recommend taking certain vitamins and minerals alone, together or in a multivitamin for the prevention of heart disease or cancer. The expert panel noted, however, it didn’t have enough data to advise against taking most of these supplements, either.
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