A recent study conducted by University of Eastern Finland and the University of Minnesota revealed that women who depend on multivitamins die sooner compared to those who don’t take these pills.The study was conducted on 39,000 women in the age groups 55 and 69. This study was tracked continuously for 19 years. During these 19 years 40 percent of women died. When researchers looked into the matter they came to the conclusion those women who took vitamins and multi-vitamins during this period had a higher death rate than those who didn’t take any vitamins. The vitamins these women took include iron, B6, folic acid, zinc, copper and magnesium.
Of the 15 supplements women who undertook, only calcium was found having a lower risk of death. The study which is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine said, the study didn’t involve any men.The study only found that there is a link between vitamins and increased risk of death. It will be wrong to say that death occurred due to the intake of supplements. The study authors say that they are not clear about the findings.
The study only focused on the fact that relying only on vitamins could not help prevent any disease, but instead may result in the increase risk of death. Till now people used to believe that taking vitamins is beneficial for their health, with this study their perception may change.
However, the researchers said still taking of vitamin D supplements is recommended to older women and men if they lack vitamin D from natural diet and sun exposure.