SO ARE VITAMINS NOW BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH?

Before you throw out your vitamins, wait until the data has been reviewed and reassessed. This article I found in the Washington Post provides a healthy perspective.

Recent studies suggest supplements’ shortcomings:

The past few weeks have brought disheartening news about dietary supplements.

Early this week the Archives of Internal Medicine (http://goo.gl/ARWes) published research reporting that use of several common dietary supplements is linked with a slightly increased risk of death among older women.

As Duffy MacKay, vice president for scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a dietary supplement trade group, says, supplements should be used just as their name implies — to supplement a healthful diet and overall lifestyle.

A quick reminder about studies: Science is meant to proceed in increments, with each new finding contributing to our body of knowledge and to be assessed within the context of that body of knowledge. As MacKay pointed out to me on the phone yesterday, these days scientific studies are released to the media and shared with the general public the day they’re published, before the scientific community has a chance to cogitate over them. That accounts for the information whiplash we experience: One day, Vitamin E is a miracle nutrient, the next day a demon that might do us in.

I am no particular fan of dietary supplements. But I don’t think it’s a good idea to switch your dietary habits — including whether you take supplements or not — on the basis of any single study, or even three that happen to come out around the same time.

Read the full article By Jennifer LaRue Huget at: http://goo.gl/LVAiu (copy and paste in to your browser if this link does not work)

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