Daily multivitamin does not protect heart

Dec. 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM
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BOSTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Taking a multivitamin does not appear to have a role in preventing cardiovascular disease, U.S. researchers say.

Howard Sesso of Brigham and Women's Hospital, affiliated with Harvard University in Boston, said a 11-year clinical trial involving nearly 15,000 male doctors who were age 50 years or older tested whether multivitamin use could lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and death from cardiovascular causes.

"Taking a daily multivitamin over the long-term appeared to have no risk or benefit on major cardiovascular outcomes," Sesso said in a statement.

Sesso said to prevent cardiovascular disease, eating right, such as eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, while eating fewer sugary and fatty foods, does work.

The study was presented at an American Heart Association meeting and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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