For many women out there who may be reading this, you may find this a bit unusual, but it’s true. In terms of vitamin intake, a new study suggests that the less vitamin supplement intake for women older than 50, the better and safer. The study: Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women, is just published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.
In a 9-year study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota, with 38,000 women as research subjects, the researchers found that women who took supplements had a 2.4 % increased risk of dying (over the course of the 9-year study) compared with women who didn’t take vitamin supplements.
Here’s the case: the study did not really allow the researchers to determine if there was a specific cause for the increased mortality or death, but they pointed out to the possibility that vitamins, taken in high doses (following the belief that more is better) and for longer periods, can actually do more harm than good. Most compounds (including vitamins) are toxic in high amounts, and long-term use might predispose a person to detrimental outcomes.
So what’s their advice? Health experts and the researchers are now strongly suggesting and advising people to put more emphasis on a healthy diet instead of taking supplements.