Most vitamins, minerals won't prevent disease Study
Most vitamins, minerals and multivitamin supplements won't prevent heart disease, stroke or cancer, according to the latest scientific evidence.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, in a recommendation statement published Tuesday in the journal JAMA, also specifically warned not to take beta-carotene or vitamin E for this purpose.
The panel said it found no benefit from taking vitamin E supplements to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer in healthy, non-pregnant adults.
And it warned against taking beta-carotene for this purpose, explaining it increases the risk of lung cancer in people already at risk.
Yet despite the consistent message from the scientific community, "more than half of American adults take dietary supplements," spending an estimated $50 billion in 2021, according to Linder and his colleagues.
Experts says vitamin supplementation can be helpful for people including those over 50, those who could become pregnant, breastfed babies and toddlers, those who avoid certain foods or who have poor diets.