Your Vitamin Pills May Not Be Doing You Any Good


If you hate taking your multivitamins as much as I do, you were probably as happy as I was to hear the latest -- that there's no proof they help women live longer. Even crazier is that popping those huge pellets might have the opposite effect -- women who did were found to have slightly higher death rates. Yikes.

That should be a big relief to those of us who are always forgetting to take our vitamins (though I've found the GIANT bottle of them my mother bought me to be a great kitchen doorstop).


So now, we don't have to worry about taking those hard-to-swallow pills and we also don't have to feel guilty about it. Hooray! Something to cross off both your daily to-do and your daily guilt lists -- a total twofer.

But let's not all go chucking our multivitamins up in the air in celebration yet (which actually sounds kind of painful). The study isn't bashing vitamins and minerals for being unnecessary and useless. What it is saying is that it's as good or better to get those nutrients from the food we eat.

So I guess that means there's no shortcut when it comes to our health. We need to make sure we eat (all together now) a nice, balanced diet with lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. And there's no magic bullet to bail us out. Bah!

Of course, you can always use your leftover jar of vitamins as a doorstop.

Do you take a daily multivitamin -- and if so, will this news prompt you to stop?


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