Are Vitamins Harmful?

various vitamins and drugs(BlackDoctor.org) — Far from being healthy, supplements such as multivitamins, minerals and folic acid may actually raise the odds for death in older women who take them, a new study suggests.

Dietary supplements are widely used in the United States, often with the hope of avoiding chronic disease. However, the long-term health consequences of many compounds are unknown, the researchers said.

“Our study raises concerns about the safety of a number of commonly used dietary supplements,” said lead researcher Jaakko Mursu, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio. “We would advise people to reconsider whether they need to use supplements and put more emphasis on a healthy diet,” he said.