Dietary supplement associations defend value of vitamins, minerals following negative study
Dietary supplement industry associations are pushing back on negative conclusions drawn from a new meta-analysis on efficacy of vitamins and minerals for preventing cardiovascular disease. Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. the meta-analysis found that folic acid and B vitamins have only minimal protective benefits for cardiovascular disease and stroke, respectively. More negatively, the study concluded that multivitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, β-carotene, calcium and selenium have no effect on cardiovascular events. The authors set out to assess the current evidence following a U.S. Preventive Service Task Force Review in 2012. Read coverage:
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