Popular vitamin taken by half of UK adults 'linked to early death'

Around half of UK adults take the vitamin
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Research suggests that a popular pill taken by half of UK adults could be linked to an early death. A study saw American researchers examine the health records of 400,000 individuals without serious long-term conditions.

They discovered that those who consumed multi-vitamins had a slightly higher chance of dying within two decades compared to non-users. This recent study aligns with earlier research indicating similar outcomes.

Government scientists have stated: "multivitamin use to improve longevity is not supported". Research indicates that while natural beta-carotene can help prevent cancer, supplements containing beta-carotene may heighten the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular disease, The Mirror reports.

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And an excessive intake of iron has been linked to an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and dementia. Dr Erikka Loftfield and her team at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland found no proof that daily multivitamin consumption reduced mortality rates.

The study published in Jama Network revealed a 4 per cent increase in the likelihood of early death among multivitamin users. Dr Neal Barnard, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, said: "The main point is the multivitamins are not helping. The science is not there."