Do multivitamins make you healthier?
Some experts say it’s time to give up on daily multivitamins to preserve health, but others disagree. What should you do?
If you take a multivitamin, it’s probably because you want to do everything you can to protect your health. But there is still limited evidence that a daily cocktail of essential vitamins and minerals actually delivers what you expect. The latest round of studies, published in December in Annals of Internal Medicine, found no benefit from multivitamins in protecting the brain or heart. But some Harvard experts think there is still hope.
In contrast, an editorial published alongside the multivitamin studies urged consumers to “stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements.”
Caught between expert opinions, what do you do? Start with asking yourself why you would consider taking a multivitamin. If you suspect your diet is nutritionally lax, focus your efforts there.