Finally some great news published in JAMA for the supplement world! Below is an excerpt from an article published in the Nutrition Business Journal (The Journal of American Medical Association.):
The published study showed that in a large population of men over 50, long-term use of multivitamins resulted in a statistically significant reduction in incidence of cancer versus placebo.
The study—titled “Multivitamins in the Prevention of Cancer in Men” as part of The Physicians’ Health Study (PHS) II Randomized Controlled Trial—followed 14,641 generally healthy physicians from 1997 to 2011, and found an 8 percent reduction in incidence of cancer among multivitamin users. There was no significant effect on prostate, colorectal or any other specific form of cancer, nor did multivitamins show an impact on reducing risk of cancer mortality. Only the difference in total cancer rates was found to be statistically significant. “Other than quitting smoking, there’s not much else out there that has shown it will reduce your cancer risk by nearly 10 percent,” Dr. E. Robert Greenberg, of Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, told the New York Times.
Right now, I just wanted to get that study out in front of you so you can do further investigation. And I wanted to take the opportunity to respond to common roadblocks that I run across from family and friends when talking about this.
There are four comments I commonly get back from people when we talk about multis:
1) that people should just get their vitamins and minerals from natural foods. Of course everyone should strive for a balanced diet of fresh and organic foods galore, but because getting optimum nutrients this way is so hard to achieve, it’s a very good thing that good quality multivitamins are available in order for us to achieve this goal. Supplements should be just that: supplemental.
2) that multi-vitamins give them an upset stomach. I have found that taking whole food multi-vitamins remedies this situation pretty consistently. You may also want to alter the time of day you take them to see if that helps. At Super Supplements we have a lot of various whole-food multivitamins to choose from.
3) that they don’t like to swallow pills. At Super Supplements we also have so many forms of multis available: In addition to tablets and capsules, we also have veggie caps, liquids, gummies, powders and wafers. Everyone’s different so there are several approaches that you can try until you find something that works for you.
4) that they don’t like the taste. Let me tell you, in this job I have tested many a multivitamin, solid, liquid, gummy and powder, and the flavors are all over the map. I say take a look at the assortment at one of our stores or online. I’m sure you can find something that is agreeable to your taste. Lastly, I’d like to point out that the content of a multivitamin varies largely across brands and formulas. Look at the labels, do your research and take ownership of your health. You’ll be very glad you did. And this is a very simple step.
"Multivitamins in the Prevention of Cancer in Men, The Physicians' Health Study II Randomized Controlled Trial." The Journal of American Medical Association (2012): Web. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1380451