Are Multivitamins Essentially Placebos?

Why Some Doctors Discourage Vitamins

A clinical study on a limited target group is being applied to the general population. Rather than spend money on vitamins, the conclusion is we should keep taking prescribed medications, eating balanced meals, getting plenty of rest, exercising, and having regular medical checkups. Basically, live life as we normally would, sans vitamins. To prevent exaggeration, let me provide the exact quote from the multivitamin researchers, Eliseo Guallar, MD, et al:

Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided. This message is especially true for the general population with no clear evidence of micronutrient deficiencies, who represent most supplement users in the United States and in other countries.

While the report conclusions use such language as, “their use is not justified” and “multivitamin and mineral supplements are ineffective,” it is in context to preventing mortality or chronic disease—not to feeling or performing better on a daily basis.

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