Multivitamins, many people believe, are a one-step way to get the nutrients they need.
For the general population, there’s no need to take dietary supplements !
New research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that vitamins and supplements may not be enough to keep you healthy.
Nutrients consumed via supplements do not improve health and longevity as effectively as those consumed through foods, according to the study.
It became apparent that mostly higher-income, better-educated people, who are more likely to be in good health to begin with were taking supplements. After that adjustment, the connection between supplements and longevity disappeared.
Some people may benefit from certain supplements, including the elderly, who often struggle to absorb nutrients from food, as well as those with dietary restrictions that may lead to deficiencies. But with an abundance of uncertainty and a lack of evidence for supplements, the study suggests the average person should just eat a balanced diet that contains plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, rather than turning to over-the-counter solutions.