Multivitamins: “The Cheapest Healthcare”

Multivitamins: “The Cheapest Healthcare”

Posted on 19. Mar, 2013 by in Articles, Nutrition

The most common dietary supplement in the U.S., multivitamins are taken by at least one-third of adults. Research shows the benefits of taking a daily multi, from filling in nutritional gaps to a reduced cancer risk recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). A new study following nearly 15,000 male physicians aged 50 years or older (including 1,312 men with a history of cancer) for over a decade finds that “daily multivitamin supplementation modestly but significantly reduced the risk of total cancer.”
Commenting independently on the study, Balz Frei from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University says that this 8 percent drop in cancer rates is significant. “Given that more than 1.6 million new cancer cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, this translates into about 130,000 cancers prevented every year, and with it all the health care costs and human suffering,” he says. While it’s not a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle, “This study should finally answer all the doubters out there who still think multivitamin supplements have no value. And it further confirms they are completely safe to take.”
The 2012 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements reports that multivitamin usage in the 35 to 54 age range is particularly strong, with an increase from 2011. According to Frei, “Quite simply, at around a penny a day, a multivitamin is the cheapest health insurance a person will ever buy.”

“Multivitamins in the Prevention of Cancer in Men: The Physicians’ Health Study II Randomized Controlled Trial” by J. M. Gaziano et al., JAMA, 11/12 ● “Multivitamins: ‘The Cheapest Health Insurance a Person will Ever Buy,’” www., 11/9/12

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