Grrrrrr. Medscape happily published the following article “No Scientific Proof That Multivitamins Promote Heart Health.” And I said a little prayer for all the people who will read this nonsense and stop taking their multivitamins and forfeit another piece of their health.
You may know that I’m not that keen on most multivitamins because they are usually synthetic and don’t do much except perhaps the placebo effect. What they may be doing is keeping people away from taking dangerous drugs and allowing them to focus on a healthier lifestyle.
This “comprehensive meta-analytic review of relevant research…found that multivitamin/mineral (MVM) supplements does not prevent myocardial infarction, stroke, or death from a cardiovascular cause.” The authors say that “The take-home message is simple: there is no scientific evidence that MVM supplements promote cardiovascular health. We hope that our paper helps to settle the controversy on MVM use for CVD prevention.”
Another MVM critic interjected that “Vitamin and mineral supplements are taken by nearly half of US adults, yet few benefits have been documented.” This same doctor said that “Multivitamin supplements will never be a substitute for a healthful and balanced diet.”
The irony of that last statement is that – finally allopathic doctors are recommending a healthful and balanced diet – right when we know that there is no possibility of getting what you really need to survive in the available processed, synthetic, nutrient deficient diet.
It’s also very disingenuous for the researchers to only look at MVM supplements and not scan the many thousands of magnesium studies that show definite benefits for the brain and heart – and every other organ and tissue in the body.
At least the researchers didn’t say that MVM supplements cause heart disease as has been done in other vitamin bashing reports.
The researchers opined that “It has been exceptionally difficult to convince people, including nutritional researchers, to acknowledge that multivitamin and mineral supplements don’t prevent cardiovascular diseases. I hope our study findings help decrease the hype around multivitamin and mineral supplements and encourage people to use proven methods to reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases — such as eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising and avoiding tobacco.”
Yes, of course, it’s all very well and good to advise patients to exercise and avoid tobacco, but I repeat that fruits and vegetables no longer hold out the promise of health that these doctors imagine.
An editorial in Circulation, the same journal as the study drove the point home to doctors. It is titled “Multivitamins Do Not Reduce Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality and Should Not Be Taken for This Purpose.” They don’t want doctors being distracted by vitamins when they have all kinds of nifty drugs to offer. I have another blog in the line up called “Polypharmacy In The Elderly“. The result of not enough proper nutrients is a host of nutrient-deficient diseases that are mistreated with inappropriate and dangerous drugs.
Of course, my solution is for people to research my formulas and give themselves the benefit of fully absorbed nutrients that do work and can support the healthy structure and function of the body.
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