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February 2013 Issue

The Conflicting Science on Multivitamins

For optimal health, should you pop a multivitamin or skip it? That’s a tough question, considering the research over the past few years: A number of large, well-designed studies have found no heart-health or cancer-reducing benefit linked to taking daily multivitamins. So, it was with much fanfare that the results from the National Institutes of Health-funded Physician’s Health Study II were released in November 2012. The Harvard study was the only large-scale, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that looked at the long-term effects of multivitamins on the health of more than 14,000 men over more than 10 years.

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