Dietary supplements aren't associated with reduced risk of death, according to a new study. The bad news is that this link is seen only when those nutrients come from food, not supplements, according to a new study.
"Our results support the idea that. there are beneficial associations with nutrients from foods that aren't seen with supplements", seniorstudy author Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, an associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in MA, said in a statement.
They also discovered that too much calcium was linked to an increased risk of cancer death, which they found was associated with supplemental doses of calcium exceeding 1,000 mg/day. The studywas published on April 9 in Annals of Internal Medicine.
The study used data from more than 27,000 United States adults ages 20 and older to evaluate the association between dietary supplement use and death from all causes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and cancer. Still, some of us believe in taking supplements to meet our daily nutritional needs.
Meanwhile, 75 percent of US adults take a dietary supplement of some kind, spending more than $30 billion a year on these pills and capsules that promise health.More news: Oppo Reno and Reno 10x Zoom launched in China
Over the course of the study, which lasted for a period of six years, 3,613 people in the study died, 945 from cardiovascular illness and 805 from cancer. Now, a study has highlighted how getting adequate nutrients from food sources is more beneficial than consuming supplements.
They found that getting enough of certain nutrients is associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality when the nutrient source is foods, but not supplements. There was no cancer death risk increase linked with calcium intake acquired from food rather than pills.
They found no evidence of an association between calcium in food and cancer death.
The researchers had a keen observation on the death rates, which were related to intake of foreign Supplements.
Nutrients sourced from foods were monitored with 24-hour dietary recalls.More news: Trump says he has not seen or read Mueller's Russian Federation probe report
'Supplementing some vitamins and/or minerals can benefit those at risk (e.g. folic acid in pregnancy) or who may benefit for specific medical reasons (such as osteoporosis).
The new study isn't the first to link supplement use with harmful effects.
Instead, the team found indications that use of vitamin D supplements by individuals with no sign of vitamin D deficiency may be associated with an increased risk of death from all causes including cancer.
The study showed that more than half of the participants of the study had reported using dietary supplements, while 38.3% reported using a multivitamin and mineral supplements.
One main takeaway from the study, Zhang says, is that if your diet is made up mostly of nutritious foods, supplements won't necessarily offer any additional benefits. The academy points out that foods can contain beneficial components that aren't found supplements, such as fiber or bioactive compounds.More news: How LittleBigPlanet Specifically Is Dealing with PSN Name Changes