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Articles March 2015 Issue

No Heart Benefit Seen for Women Taking Multivitamins

Cardiovascular findings echo prior results for men taking multivitamins.

Multivitamin supplements are no substitute for a nutritious diet in preventing cardiovascular disease, according to a large new study of multivitamin use in women. Despite the widespread use of multivitamin supplements, few studies have investigated whether they reduce the risk of major chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease. In 2012, results from the Physicians’ Health Study II did report that, among a group of US male physicians, taking a daily multivitamin did not reduce major cardiovascular events, heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular mortality after more than a decade of treatment and follow-up.

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