Many people feel that part of staying healthy includes taking vitamins on a daily basis. This may be true for many parts of the body, but the heart may not be one of them.
According to a new study and some researchers, while multivitamins are popular, they don’t appear to boost your heart health.
For the study, information from several million people in five countries was studied. Upon careful evaluation it was found that taking multivitamins did not prevent heart attacks, strokes, or death from heart disease. Although these conclusions may seem surprising the finding agree with guidelines from the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association does not recommend using multivitamins or mineral supplements to prevent cardiovascular disease.
The use of multivitamins is still very popular amongst Americans with up to 30 percent using the products. Researchers report that many of these people are still using these products thinking they will prevent heart disease.
Surprisingly it is exceptionally difficult to get people to believe that multivitamin and mineral supplements don’t prevent cardiovascular disease. It is hoped that studies like these will help decrease the hype around multivitamin and mineral supplements and have the effect of encouraging people to use proven methods to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Some of those proven methods include eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising and avoiding tobacco.
Taking multivitamin and mineral supplements in moderation rarely cause any direct harm but it is the fact the people use them as a substitute for more proven methods of improving heart health that is the problem.
Multivitamins have their uses and can be part of a healthy lifestyle, but where the heart is concerned there should be a completely different approach. Separate methods of doing what’s good for the heart should become part of the overall health plan.