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Multivitamins do not promote cardiovascular health: Study

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Taking and mineral supplements does not prevent heart attacks, or cardiovascular death, according to a study.

"We meticulously evaluated the body of scientific evidence. We found no clinical benefit of and mineral use to prevent heart attacks, or cardiovascular death," said Joonseok Kim, an at the University of in the US.

The researchers performed a "meta-analysis," putting together the results from 18 individual published studies, including randomised controlled trials and prospective cohort studies, totalling more than two million participants and having an average of 12 years of follow-up.

The study, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, found no association between taking and mineral supplements and a lower risk of death from

"It has been exceptionally difficult to convince people, including nutritional researchers, to acknowledge that multivitamin and mineral supplements don't prevent cardiovascular diseases," said Kim.

"I hope our study findings help decrease the hype around multivitamin and mineral supplements and encourage people to use proven methods to reduce their risk of - such as eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising and avoiding tobacco," said Kim.

Controversy about the effectiveness of multivitamin and mineral supplements to prevent has been going on for years, despite numerous well-conducted research studies suggesting they do not help.

The researchers set out to combine the results from previously published scientific studies to help clarify the topic.

"Although multivitamin and mineral supplements taken in moderation rarely cause direct harm, we urge people to protect their heart by understanding their individual risk for and and working with a provider to create a plan that uses proven measures to reduce risk.

"These include a heart-healthy diet, exercise, tobacco cessation, controlling blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels, and when needed, medical treatment," Kim said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 16:40 IST