The multivitamin, just a daily burden or a potential life-saver? A recent study found that men over 50 years of age showed a slight reduction in cancer risk when taking the daily vitamin. Now researchers wanted to know if it does the same for cardiovascular disease.
Doctor Philip Sandler took part in study, "I eat a pretty nutritious diet so I never felt any need to take vitamins for supplementation." A Psychiatrist, Sandler was one of more than 14,000 male doctors taking part in the Physicians Health Study Two. One group took a daily multivitamin for up to 14 years, the others took a placebo. So what was the effect on heart health?
Doctor Howard D. Sesso, ScD, MPH, of Brigham and Women's Hospital says, "taking a daily multivitamin over the long-term appeared to have no risk or benefit on major cardiovascular outcomes."
The study, in the Journal of the American Medical Association also looked for a reduction in stroke risk and found none. But it's the same research that did detect a small cancer reduction among men taking their multivitamin.
"We know that you are not going to take a daily multivitamin to prevent cardiovascular disease, but on the other hand, given the findings that we saw for total cancer there might still be some compelling reasons to consider taking a daily multivitamin in the prevention of cancer," Sesso said.
Researchers say the heart healthy diet is still one of the best ways to protect your ticker.