Something never ceases to amaze me when it comes to media reports and how news organizations attempt to dissect information and give it to the public. I’m referring to the recent reports regarding the supposed “ineffectiveness” of multivitamin formulas. Someone help me here – this is a broken record that someone really needs to finally throw away. A recent study’s headline went something like this – “No value in taking multivitamins.” Now what does that really mean and what did they truly test? Nothing on both counts. In fact, the only thing they proved in that study was that post-menopausal women taking anything from a single vitamin to a mass-market produced multivitamin formula taken at least once a month showed no improvement in the onset of chronic disease. DUH!!! Talk about misleading headlines. Remember, multivitamins are not designed to fix or prevent something “after the fact” but rather give you the stuff you can’t and don’t eat on a daily basis, not monthly! Give me a break already!
Oh yeah, the most recent study found just the opposite. Data from nearly 80,000 people who used multivitamins for 10 years showed that the use of multivitamin formulas were associated with 16 and 28 percent decreased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. And not only that, but scientists from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that the cells of those who take multivitamins may have a younger biological age than cells of those who don’t take them. HELLO!!!! Check it out yourself (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (June 2009, Vol. 89, pp. 1857-1863).
I hate to say I told you so, but take your multi – everyday! And if you want more details, check out this article http://www.dotfit.com/shop/article.aspx?atid=1545