Multivitamins, mineral supplements do not prevent heart attacks, strokes

Desiree Burns
July 12, 2018

They found multivitamins do not prevent heart attacks, strokes, or death from cardiovascular disease. Food and Drug Administration for either safety or effectiveness - affect heart health.

Currently, there are no legal hurdles for the manufacturers of mineral and vitamins supplements to cross before they are sold to the general public, and at least 30 percent of the US population take multivitamins and mineral supplements, the authors noted. She explained that while the study indicated multivitamins and mineral supplements taken in moderation didn't appear to harm cardiovascular health, working with a healthcare provider to create a plan to reduce heart disease risk is much more effective.

After tracking more than 2 million participants for an average of 12 years, the studies came up with a clear conclusion: they don't. He's an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's division of cardiovascular disease.

"It has been exceptionally hard to convince people, including nutritional researchers, to acknowledge that multivitamin and mineral supplements don't prevent cardiovascular diseases".

In response, the Council on Responsible Nutrition, a supplement trade group, said, "multivitamins fill nutrient gaps in our less-than-perfect diets" and "are not meant to serve as magic bullets".

Dr. Gregg Fonarow helps direct the UCLA Preventative Cardiology Program in Los Angeles.

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The popular supplement pills are taken by millions around the world.

However, there are a number of previously published studies that suggest that multivitamins and minerals aren't actually worth it when it comes to the health of the heart.

Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, the American Heart Association's chief medical officer for prevention and chief of the Association's Centers for Health Metrics and Evaluation, who was not a part of this study, commented: "Eat a healthy diet for a healthy heart and a long, healthy life". One of the reasons for this is that they believe it can improve their health and lower the risk of developing health problems including cardiovascular disease.

As for Kim, he hopes the new study "dampens the hype of multivitamins and mineral supplements, and encourages people to focus on the real issues like diet, exercise, [and] smoking cessation".

Researchers noted that fruits and vegetables were a good source of many vitamins and associated with a lower risk of stroke and coronary heart disease, with a strong link between the amount consumed and the benefits.

"The evidence-based, guideline-recommended approaches to reduce the risk of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease include maintaining a healthy blood pressure, cholesterol levels, body weight, not smoking, and engaging in daily physical activity", Fonarow added.

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