Are Multivitamins Essentially Placebos?

It appears that rather than spend money on vitamins, patients are beginning to feel they should conform to taking their prescribed medication, eating what they normally do, getting plenty of rest, exercise, 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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