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Study: Vitamin/Mineral Supps Decrease Life Span

Lifespan effects of simple and complex nutraceutical combinations fed isocalorically to mice. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24370781

Thought this was pretty interesting, I would like to read the entire study however. They used some multi-vitamin formulas from LEF & AOR, amongst others.

I’ll try to dig up some studies, but almost every study I have read has shown that “multi” vitamins slightly reduce lifespan. Certain individual vitiamins and minerals (and combinations) increase life span. The range is roughly -1.5% for multis and +1.5% for individual supps. One issue is that people can get iron related deaths. There also may be bleeding or clotting problems.

Some supps that increase life span (statistically): vitamin c, vitamin d, zinc, magnesium, iodine. If you took those 5 you would probably have the greatest statistical net, and it is very hard to overdose on them.

Vitamin A is good, but you can overdo it. Many have low copper, but too much copper can actually inhibit some copper containing enzymes because I think it blocks zinc that is also present in them. So pretty much everything else can be too low OR too high.

Just about every study on phytonutrient rich foods, which coincidentally (or not) are high in vitamins and minerals, dramatically reduce cancer risk, thereby extending life. An apple has vitamin c but take away the skin, and it isn’t much better for you than a can of coke.

"Thus, our results do not support the hypothesis that simple or complex combinations of nutraceuticals, including antioxidants, are effective in delaying the onset or progress of the major causes of death in mice.

Sucks to be a mouse then, huh.

[quote]anonym wrote:
"Thus, our results do not support the hypothesis that simple or complex combinations of nutraceuticals, including antioxidants, are effective in delaying the onset or progress of the major causes of death in mice.

Sucks to be a mouse then, huh.[/quote]

not to mention all the problems with cats