Supplements are not always good for you .. but they are not always bad either
The Archives of Internal Medicine reports on a study on the use of dietary supplements concluding that not all supplements are good for you.
Researchers used data from the Iowa Women’s Health Study which followed a group of women with a mean age of 61.6 for a period of 20 years starting 1986. They concluded:
In older women, several commonly used dietary vitamin and mineral supplements may be associated with increased total mortality risk; this association is strongest with supplemental iron. In contrast to the findings of many studies, calcium is associated with decreased risk.
The supplements they referred to included multivitamins , vitamin B6 , folic acid , iron, magnesium, zinc and copper.
It goes without saying that it is better to get your vitamins and minerals from food. Supplements are just that – supplements to your food intake.
However there are clear cases for the use of supplemental Vitamin D, Omega 3 and so on for menopausal women, therefore alarmists headlines like these need to be tempered by specific details.