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Dietary Supplements Take Another Hit

10/13/11

  10:34:29 am, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Dietary Supplements Take Another Hit

This has not been a good week for the makers of dietary supplements. On Tuesday, we learned that multivitamins and other popular supplements may raise the death risk for postmenopausal women. And now researchers have given guys something to worry about as well.

According to MSNBC, a new study determined that a daily dose of vitamin E could potentially increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer. Started in 2001 with the intention of proving that Vitamin E actually reduced prostate cancer risk, the study was stopped in 2008 when evidence clearly showed no benefit. But in monitoring the 35,000 subjects for several more years, researchers found that men who regularly took the vitamin showed a 17% higher risk of the disease.

This unexpected finding that may come as a surprise to those who have seen vitamin E labels that boast the product “supports prostate health". But the government doesn’t regulate vitamin and supplement sales to the extent they do for pharmaceuticals, so such claims shouldn’t necessarily be taken at face value.

Two-thirds of Americans currently take some type of vitamin or supplements. But as the article notes in regard to both of this week’s supplement studies: “The take-home message: Most Americans get the nutrients they eat from food. As boring as that mantra sounds, you are better off eating fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly and maintaining a normal weight. A pill will seldom substitute.”

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