30 Dec '13, 1pm

Multivitamins and dietary supplements are a waste of money, doctors say

Multivitamins and dietary supplements are a waste of money, doctors say

Half of Americans take a daily dietary supplement of some kind, and forty percent opt for the popular multivitamin pill. As a result, the supplement industry, both in the U.S. and in Europe, has grown tremendously over the past decade, reaching $28 billion in annual U.S. sales in 2010. Supplements may be a very popular source of nutrients, but according to an editorial published by a group of doctors on December 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine , they are nothing but a huge waste of money. The editorial’s blunt title makes its message clear: “Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements.” According to the editorial, there is sufficient accumulated evidence to advise against routine supplementation: “Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.” In some cases, multivitamin s...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/health/multivitamins-and-dietar...

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