Are you taking multi-vitamins and other supplements to stay healthy and increase your lifespan?
According to Canadian researchers, you may want to save your money. Their study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, indicates you’d be better off getting nutrients from whole foods.
The 4 most common supplements taken today are multivitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, and calcium. These supplements were found to have no advantage in increasing one’s lifespan or lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, or stroke. Moreover, the researchers found that antioxidant supplements and niacin were associated with an increase in risk of early death. One supplement that may be worth taking? Folic Acid. Folic acid was found to slightly reduce the risk of stroke.
The authors return to the tried and true recommendation of eating a well balanced diet of whole foods to get the nutrients necessary to keep your body healthy. They point out that an American diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in red meat, a Mediterranean diet, and a vegetarian diet are the best ways to fuel your body and increase heart health.
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