Multivitamins don't ward off cancer, research shows

Nov 29, 2010

Vitamins won't help keep cancer away

Vitamins have long been touted as a great way to get nutrients one would not get enough of through diet alone. Some believe that certain vitamins can have additional health benefits, such as increased alertness, for example. Those trying to get better health and life insurance quotes may also take multivitamins in an attempt to improve their overall wellness.

While regularly taking multivitamins can offer some health benefits, research from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute says reducing cancer isn't one of them.

Research involving more than 1,000 cancer patients found no statistical difference between those who took vitamins and those who didn't in relation to reducing one's risk of cancer returning or dying from it.

Paper author and researcher Dr. Kimmie Ng says investigating vitamins and cancer survival needed to be done.

"With such a high proportion of cancer patients utilizing multivitamin supplements in the belief that it will help them fight their cancer, we felt it was important to really examine the data to see what impact multivitamins had on cancer recurrence and survival," said Ng.

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