This came out in the Wall Street Journal yesterday about how (for white women anyway), vitamins seem to actually kill us faster.
"Multivitamins and many other dietary supplements provide little benefit for most people and may be harmful, according to researchers behind a large new study.
The researchers tracked nearly 39,000 women for an average of 19 years. They found a small increase in the risk of death among older women who took dietary supplements compared with those who didn't, according to the study, released Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
An exception was calcium supplements, which are widely recommended to protect against bone fractures. They were associated with a slightly decreased risk of premature death.
"Based on existing evidence, we see little justification for the general and widespread use of dietary supplements," unless there is a medical reason or deficiency of a particular nutrient, wrote the study authors, most of whom are affiliated with the University of Minnesota.
At least half of U.S. adults take vitamins, minerals, or other supplements, according to government estimates. Consumers spent about $11.8 billion on vitamins and minerals last year, according to the Nutrition Business Journal, which tracks supplement sales.
Among the several vitamins and minerals studied, researchers said the strongest association for an increased risk of death came with iron, which is often prescribed for people who have anemia. Women in the study who took iron supplements were 3.9% more likely to die than those who didn't."
I don't know how much of this would apply to men, but there was this one about how Vitamin E seems to increase the risk of prostate cancer.
This has me wondering about the wisdom of taking vitamins. It seems that there's a lot of positive research behind fish oil, and I do think Vitamin B supplements made me feel better when I started them. Anybody else thinking about the risks?