9 vitamin studies, reports and editorials
Next to no measurable benefits from supplementary vitamins
A growing body of peer-reviewed studies shows little to no measurable health benefits for the taking of common store-bought vitamins or multivitamins in otherwise healthy people.
For those who are really low on a certain vitamin, a pill can help to shore up the deficiency, and most family physicians won't discourage taking multivitamins because there are few risks.
Here's a sampling of the research on vitamins from the medical literature. (Subscription required in some cases.)
- Oral high-dose multivitamins after myocardial infarction, Annals of Internal Medicine
- Long-term multivitamin supplementation and cognitive function in men, Annals of Internal Medicine
- Enough is enough: stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements, editorial, Annals of Internal Medicine
- Antioxidant supplements to prevent mortality, JAMA
- Vitamin and mineral supplements in primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Annals of Internal Medicine
The Effect of Vitamin E and Beta Carotene on the Incidence of Lung Cancer and Other Cancers in Male Smokers, New England Journal of Medicine
- Vitamin D blood levels of Canadians, Statistics Canada
- Vitamin D for preventing cancer: evidence and health beliefs, Cochrane Library editorial