Vitamins and vitamin supplements are extremely popular and a big business for pharmaceutical companies. If you are taking vitamins to protect against heart disease, well then, you’re wasting your money.
Vitamins: Ineffective Against Heart Disease
New results released this week confirms the earlier findings that vitamin supplements do nothing to prevent heart disease.
Eighteen studies involving over 2 million people all concluded that vitamin supplements offer no protection against cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, or stroke. This analysis was published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
The new findings are also in line with the American Heart Association guidelines which do not recommend taking supplements to prevent heart disease.
In addition both the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force continue their recommendations against their use to prevent cardiovascular disease.
The new confirmation helps to advise senior citizens against taking multivitamins to protect their heart. Currently, the message is not getting through.
Indeed, the continued faith in dietary supplements has led to their widespread use, with more than 70 percent of Americans 60 and older taking at least one a day. In addition, 30 per cent percent of seniors take four supplements a day, according to data published in the October 2017 issue of the Journal of Nutrition.
Overall, Americans spend more than $12 billion per year on vitamin supplements. Instead, The American Heart Association recommends a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Also, include low-fat dairy products and nuts. Add a daily exercise schedule, too.
This combination of proper nutrition and exercise is the recommended way to to prevent cardiovascular disease.