There's an article on Yahoo today called "Vitamins 'increase risk of death" - dated Wednesday February 28, 09:00 AM. It's the same old nonsense that they seem to throw about every few months or so
Vitamin pills are commonly taken to boost health, but a new study has found that they may in fact "significantly" increase the risk of death.
Scientists from Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark found that vitamin A, vitamin E and beta carotene taken singly or with other supplements "significantly increase mortality".
The researchers found no evidence that Vitamin C could increase longevity, while selenium tended to reduce the risk of death.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, involved analysis of 68 previous trials of the five antioxidant supplements, involving 232,606 participants.
The Copenhagen team singled out 47 "low-bias risk" trials, with 180,938 participants, as being the best quality. Based on these studies, the supplements were found to be associated with a 5 per cent increased risk of mortality.
Taking beta carotene was associated with a 7 per cent risk, vitamin A with a 16 per cent risk and vitamin E with a 4 per cent risk, while there was no increased mortality risk with vitamin C or selenium.
The report authors wrote: "Our findings contradict the findings of observational studies, claiming that antioxidants improve health.
"Considering that 10-20 per cent of the adult population (80-160 million people) in North America and Europe may consume the assessed supplements, the public health consequences may be substantial."