AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 3, 2018

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Study: Multivitamins Do Not Prevent Strokes, Heart Attacks or Cardiovascular Disease Deaths

A new study led by University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers shows that taking multivitamin and mineral supplements does not prevent strokes, heart attacks or deaths related to cardiovascular disease. 

The research team performed a meta-analysis, putting together the results from 18 individual published studies, including randomized controlled trials and prospective cohort studies. The data set totaled more than 2 million participants with an average of 12 years of follow-up contact. Researchers found no association between taking multivitamin and mineral supplements and a lower risk of death from cardiovascular diseases.

“We meticulously evaluated the body of scientific evidence,” said lead author Joonseok Kim, M.D., assistant professor of cardiology in the Department of Medicine. “We found no clinical benefit of multivitamin and mineral use to prevent heart attacks, strokes or cardiovascular death.” 

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