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A big concern when we age is our health, and as we worry about that, we tend to load ourselves with preventative health. One of the strategies is to take multivitamins and excess nutritional supplements. However, a new study has found that in the long term, taking too many multivitamins can actually lead to dire health complications including heart disease and cancer.

Dr Tim Byers, of the University of Colorado Cancer Centre, said: “We are not sure why this is happening at the molecular level.

“But evidence shows that people who take more dietary supplements than needed tend to have a higher risk of developing cancer”.

Dr Tim said, “When we first tested dietary supplements in animal models we found that the results were promising. Eventually we were able to move on to the human populations. We studied thousands of patients for ten years who were taking dietary supplements and placebos. ‘We found that the supplements were actually not beneficial for their health. In fact, some people actually got more cancer while on the vitamins”.

This raises the concern that too many additional dietary supplements can actually cause serious health complications.

However, Dr Tim also said that this doesn’t mean we need to have too much concern to the point of avoiding doing what could be beneficial for us. He said, “If taken at the correct dosage, multivitamins can be good for you. But there is no substitute for good, nutritional food”.

So the most important thing is making sure that your diet gives you enough nutritional value to avoid needing supplements at all.

Tell us today, do you take supplements? If so, what ones and what for what purpose? Share your thoughts in the comments below…

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  1. I take what I believe to be the most beneficial to my well being after a lot of trial and error. I did not manage on Vitamin C, and the B complex with Niacin gave me hot flushes. So I ceased taking them. Osteoporosis in Mum made me aware I needed Calcium,and I also take D3,after spending more time indoors than I should.Heart history in the family, so I also take CoQ10! This is the most beneficial of all, I feel the extra energy it gives. Take Curcumin and also very much feel the benefit for the old arthritis. Probably the most important though is the Probiotic, which stopped all the hay fever in it’s tracks. Then there are the Omegas, in the form of Red Krill, which also help the arthritis,and I keep exceptionally well, and never get sick,so shall continue on this regime. I also know that “Big Pharma” love to discredit any supplements,which people are finding keep them well.

  2. If you eat a sensible,healthy diet you have no need to put this artificial muck in your body.

  3. I just take vitamin D but that is because I do my best to avoid the sun because of skin cancer…so in effect I caused the deficiency myself

  4. I take krill oil for my aching joints and magnesium for restless legs. Have been told that D3 helps the body absorb the magnesium so i take that too. Try and eat a balanced diet so don’t feel the need to take other vitamins.

  5. I take calcium, fish oil, glucosamine and vit D. I suffer from severe cramping if I don’t take the calcium, the fish oil and glucosamine are for arthritis brought on by lupus and the vit D because I don’t get out in the sun enough.

  6. How very disapproving some of you sound – as if taking vitamin supplements was somehow lazy or wrong lol.

  7. I am an appalling eater. So it take multi vit to make up for bad habits. I know better if I ate better I just can’t get motivated:(. But other like glucosamine are for specific conditions.

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