Vitamins Associated With Sooner Death? Perhaps, According to a New Study

From the time we are young, we start a daily regime of taking our vitamins. What begins with the ever popular “Flinstones” vitamins many of us once suffered through (yes they were supposed to be chewable and tasty, but most of us grew up thinking otherwise), continues with multivitamins and typically progresses to supplementation to help us keep our bodies healthy as we age. A new study however, may have some questioning this process shortly. 

According to a study which appeared in the Archives of Internal Medicine, women not only don’t appear to live longer when they take vitamins, but they may in fact die sooner.


This seems to go against everything we understand as a vitamin supporting society, but perhaps it is worth taking a closer look at the study before making a judgement of it’s validity one way or another.


In the study, researchers observed nearly 39,000 women – no small sample. These women ranged in age from 55 to 69 at the study’s start and continued over the next 19 years. During this sample time, roughly 40% of the women died and upon taking a closer look at whether these women took vitamins or not during this time, researchers found that those who had been taking multivitamins routinely were actually at a slightly increased risk of death than those women who didn’t take any vitamins at all. Additionally, the same result was found in women who also regularly supplemented with iron, vitamin B6, folic acid, magnesium, zinc and copper.


Additionally, 15 supplements in a all were studied with calcium emerging as the only one which seemed to lower the risk of death.


Before emptying out your medicine cabinet, you may want to take this news with a grain of salt. As the lead author Jaakko Mursu was quoted  in this article as saying “we saw an increased risk of total mortality, but we don’t really now what is the reason.”


While the researchers can not 100% give credence to the notion that vitamins equal an increased risk in mortality, they believe that this helps add valuable information to the growing amount of studies and research which has been gathered on this topic.


While calcium was noted as the least problematic supplement, conversely iron appeared to be the main problem causing supplement in women. While the researchers admit that other factors may come into play here, these new findings should be taken into account my any women considering or currently taking many supplements. It’s possible many women, in light of this study, will still decide that the benefits of vitamins to their bodies outweigh the risk, but at least this gives us some more valuable information the help us make this decision.

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