Certain Vitamins may Have Adverse Effects on Human Lifespan

by Medindia Content Team on  April 9, 2007 at 8:31 PM Diet & Nutrition News
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Certain Vitamins may Have Adverse Effects on Human Lifespan
Taking vitamin supplements may no longer be a mantra to stay fit. New research suggests that certain vitamins can have adverse effects on human lifespan.
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Researchers at the University of Copenhagen reviewed more than 815 clinical trials into the benefits of commonly used vitamin supplements, including vitamins A, E and C besides beta-carotene and selenium.

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They found that vitamin supplements appeared to raise, not lower, the risk of early death, reported online edition of BBC News.

Millions worldwide use antioxidant supplements, including vitamins A and E, believing it improves health. Nutritionists suggest a balanced diet instead.

Food contains a complex matrix of different components, which could not be replicated by supplements, British Dietetic Association nutritionist Frankie Phillips said.

'Our advice is to eat a wide range of foods in a balanced diet that can provide all of the nutrients the body needs to protect itself and combat diseases.'

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