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March 31st, 2014 | Leave a comment by   in Heart & Vascular, Nutrition & Fitness, Wellness & Prevention

Eat Your Vitamins

Eat Your Vitamins

People growing up in the early 20th century were likely told to eat their vegetables.  As people turned to technology and “quick fixes” became the sought-after norm near the end of that century, parents were telling their kids to take their vitamins. Now, the tide has changed again, as the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) last month issued its statement that there is insufficient evidence that multivitamins, as well as individual mineral and vitamin supplements, such as vitamin E, prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer.  The statement, issued in the Feb. 25 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, also suggested little evidence of harm from taking multivitamins and most single-vitamin supplements.  But, the report did find evidence that taking beta carotene increased the lung cancer risk for people already at risk for developing the disease. “The USPSTF’s recommendations, which we closely follow in internal medicine, simply mean we...

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