How Effective Are Your Vitamins for Your Cardiovascular Health?

How Effective Are Your Vitamins for Your Cardiovascular Health?

How Effective Are Your Vitamins for Your Cardiovascular Health?

 

Are Your Supplemental Vitamins and Minerals Pulling Their Weight In the Improvement of Your Cardiovascular Health? The answer just got a lot more complicated. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found no positive or negative effects on cardiovascular disease, stroke or early death in people taking multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin C.

Researchers analyzed existing health information collected between January 2012 and October 2017 and found no measurable increase in cardiovascular health benefits based on the supplemental consumption of many popular vitamins. The study cites a few exceptions: Folate, B6, and B12 showed minor evidence of reducing the risk of both heart disease and stroke.  But in general, the study claims there’s no evidence so far that shows supplements can adequately provide nutrients in the same way food does. Instead, researchers suggest people seeking to improve cardiovascular health might find success with a change in diet that includes more plant-based foods and less processed ones.

In addition to a better diet, exercise is recommended as well. A study published conducted by John Hopkins Medicine found, “In everyday terms our findings suggest that consistently participating in the recommended 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week, such as brisk walking or biking, in middle age may be enough to reduce your heart failure risk by 31 percent,” said Chiadi Ndumele, M.D., M.H.S.

The primary researchers acknowledge that the Vitamin study’s findings are far from conclusive, though, since they’re unsure how reflective their sample participants were of the of the general population. If you’re having doubts about the effectiveness of your vitamins, do make sure you discuss your concerns with your physician before you quit cold turkey.  You can read more information about the study here.

 

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 37 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 36 years. Steve Lipsky on Google Plus