In the October 11 electronic issue of MedPageToday, author Todd Neale highlighted a recent study performed by Jaakko Mursu, PhD, of the
Particularly the “use of multivitamins and vitamin B6, folic acid, iron, magnesium, zinc, and copper supplements was associated with greater all-cause mortality” in the study which included 19 years of follow-up data, according to Dr. Mursu and colleagues. The study examined the use of vitamin and mineral supplements by 38,772 postmenopausal women participating in the Iowa Women’s Health Study. The mean age of the women at the beginning of this study (1986) was 61.6.
There was good news from this study’s conclusion that the use of calcium and vitamin D was found to be associated with a decreased risk of all-cause mortality, when compared to non-use. But, based on existing evidence, Mursu and his colleagues recommend that they [dietary supplements] “be used with strong medically based cause, such as symptomatic nutrient deficiency disease.”
This study’s conclusions might serve as a cautionary notes for the hosts of people who use dietary supplements. Many physicians and dietitians will tell patients that the best way to gain the benefits of vitamins and minerals is through the foods they consume. According to Mursu et al, the use of dietary supplements for the purpose of improving health and preventing diseases in the