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USPSTF: Vitamin Supplements Come Up Short Once Again — Physician’s First Watch

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February 25, 2014

USPSTF: Vitamin Supplements Come Up Short Once Again

By Larry Husten

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded once again that there is no good evidence to support the routine use of multivitamins or individual or combination vitamins by healthy adults to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer. The recommendation statement appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The USPSTF also recommends against the use of two specific vitamins — beta-carotene and vitamin E. Beta-carotene has been linked to a significant increase in risk for lung cancer among smokers, while "a large and consistent body of evidence has demonstrated that vitamin E supplementation has no effect on cardiovascular disease, cancer, or all-cause mortality."

Adapted from CardioExchange

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