A Balanced Diet Is As Good As Loading Up On Supplements, Study Says

January 9, 2015 11:49 AM

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In this latest study, researchers used data from nearly 14,000 residents of a California retirement community over three decades, looking at vitamin intake and mortality. An analysis showed that the mortality rate among those who took vitamins was no lower than among those who didn't. "Neither dietary nor supplemental intake of vitamin A or vitamin C nor supplemental intake of vitamin E was significantly associated with mortality," the authors write in a release.

The residents initially noted their intake of antioxidant vitamins A, C and E in the early 1980s, describing how often and how much they had, either through diet or supplements. Even when adjusting for consistency in taking supplements and the participants' lifestyle habits and existing diseases, su...

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