Last week I read about a couple of vitamin studies conducted recently, and just released. There are millions of Americans that already take at least two vitamins a day, and the varieties are overwhelming. The choices range from A to Z and everything in between.
One of the studies, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, had to do with heart disease in men. They found that vitamins C and E do not seem to protect men from getting heart disease. In addition, in rare cases vitamin E might raise the risk of a bleeding stroke. However I believe that vitamin C and E still are still good anti oxidants that fight free radicals. And in the study, women receiving vitamin E experienced 24% less total cardiovascular disease deaths.
The other study, of interest to women, came out in the Journal of the national Cancer Institute. They found that a daily dose of vitamin D and calcium did not protect women against invasive breast cancer.
Originally both studies thought that the opposite might be true. Even though these results are discouraging, they were only single studies and are not the final words on these issues.
Just taking Vitamins or supplements alone are not going to be a magic cure for anything, and new studies come out all the time. There are at least 3 factors that need to be balanced to lead a healthy life. You cannot forget about diet or exercise. In addition heredity also has to be factored into the equation.
CNN medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen interviewed 4 doctors, and also offered some advice on how to choose the right vitamins.
The male doctors both took a multivitamin and Vitamin D, and one also took magnesium, and one to increase cellular health and function like Co-Q-10. All of these vitamins are available for purchase online.
The male doctors advised men not to take iron unless their doctor says they have a deficiency, and men taking calcium supplements could increase the risk of prostate cancer.
On the female side both took calcium and vitamin D, and Fish oil/Omega3. Also on the list were coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant and magnesium, and one took a multivitamin as an insurance policy for disease prevention.
What not to take for postmenopausal women was iron (too much might pose a heart risk) and beautiful skin vitamins really were not much help, it’s much better to get the nutrients from your diet, drink water, and wear sunscreen.