Daily Multivitamin Pill – Study
You may be eating a nutritious diet, but a daily multivitamin pill still could help you, according to a recent study conducted in Massachusetts. That advice may sound contradictory to other advice about getting your vitamins from food, but these researchers say the vitamin should be in addition to a good diet, not a replacement for one.
The researchers studied a group of older adults and found that those who ate a nutritious diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and also took a daily multivitamin pill had higher blood levels of crucial disease-fighting vitamins and minerals. Those who didn’t take the multivitamin but who still ate well didn’t have vitamin levels high enough for disease prevention. Problems like heart disease and osteoporosis are among those that appear to be affected by nutrition.
Older adults, in particular, may have trouble getting all their nutrition from food because they may not have the appetite to eat enough food to get the nutritional benefit.
Nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say the key is to combine a nutritious diet with a multivitamin, not use the vitamin as an excuse not to eat well. There are many compounds in food we don’t yet understand that can’t be reproduced in a pill. Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, as well as including whole grains and calcium-rich dairy products. Then take a multivitamin pill for good measure.
SOURCE: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.