Nutritious Foods, Not Dietary Supplements, Best for Living Longer

Nutritious Foods, Not Dietary Supplements, Best for Living Longer

Nutritious Foods, Not Dietary Supplements, Best for Living Longer

From the evidence gathered, it's becoming more clear that "the regular use of dietary supplements is not beneficial in reducing the risk of mortality among the general population in the USA", according to study co author Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, an associate professor at the Freedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. In addition, they explored if these links are affected by the nutrient source: food versus supplements. It's important to note that the study involved self-reported dietary supplement use and dosage, and it's unclear whether specific usage durations may influence the outcome.

What's more, consuming large doses of some nutrients through supplements might be harmful - the study found that getting high levels of calcium from supplements was linked to an increased risk of death from cancer. Those that mentioned that they had used dietary supplements had been requested for particulars, together with how typically they took the merchandise.

A 2018 study from the University of Birmingham had found multivitamins and mineral supplements didn't protect against heart disease, NBC News reports. The bad news is that this link is seen only when those nutrients come from food, not supplements, according to a new study.

When the team accounted for the nutrient source, they discovered that the reduced risk for death and death from cardiovascular diseases were only associated with nutrient intake from food, not supplements.

This was associated with a 53 per cent greater risk of death from cancer, although the relative risk remained small.

Professor Hugh Montgomery, of UCL Institute Human Health and Performance, said: 'The growing message is routine vitamin supplementation offers little if any benefit to health and may cause harm. Eggs, as well as orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are high in vitamin A.

But excess calcium from food was not associated with a similar uptick in mortality risk, Zhang says, which suggests that the body may not be able to clear excess supplemental calcium as well as it can natural calcium. People want to be healthy, yet we've got a constant stream of conflicting research about what's healthy and what's not (although the science on supplements has been pretty consistent) - so why not double down by taking vitamins?

Researchers also found that taking dietary supplements did not affect the risk of death of individuals with low nutrient intake.

One thing that the researchers can not say is whether the association is between the nutrients themselves or other components in the foods, Zhang said.

After they adjusted for factors like education and demographics, they found there is no positive connection between supplements and a longer life.

As for the finding that high levels of calcium might shorten life, Kumar advises people to get as much calcium from their diet as possible.

"It's more likely to be someone looking for more energy and vitality or trying to treat symptoms such as hair loss or leg cramps", she said.

They found no evidence of an association between calcium in food and cancer death.

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