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Wednesday, 21 March 2018
There’s lots of arguments for and against taking multivitamins on a daily basis. Some scientists believe you can get all relevant nutrients from diet alone whereas others claim supplementing your diet can lead to reduce risks of illness in later life and also can help benefit overall health and wellness.
According to the Harvard Medical School of Public Health, looking at all the evidence—from epidemiological studies on diet and health, to biochemical studies on the minute mechanisms of disease—the potential health benefits of taking a standard daily multivitamin appear to outweigh the potential risks for most people.*1
Misinformation around the optimal intakes of certain vitamins and minerals can lead to people taking wrong dosages or taking vitamins that they might not necessarily need. It’s important to consult a pharmacist or healthcare professional when embarking on any new diet routine.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently reversed a long-standing anti-vitamin stance by publishing two scientific review articles recommending multivitamin supplements for all adults.
They found through evidence that taking a multivitamin regularly reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis.
From several studies they concluded the following to be true:
· Folate and Vitamins B6 and B12 are required for homocysteine metabolism and are associated with decreased coronary heart disease risk.
· Folate may decrease the risk of neural tube defects and certain cancers such as colorectal and breast cancers.
· Vitamin E and lycopene may decrease the risk of prostate cancer.
· Vitamin D is associated with decreased occurrence of fractures when taken with calcium.*2
A good multivitamin should contain all the ingredients mentioned here therefore, acts as a strong supplement with which to help prevent chronic illnesses.
1, Harvard Medical School of Public Health, Nutrition Insurance Policy: A Daily Multivitamin
2, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), American Medical Association Acknowledges the Role of Vitamins for Chronic Disease Prevention in Adults