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Nutrition Experts Agree that Supplementation with Vitamins and Minerals is Beneficial

Nutrition Experts Agree that Supplementation with Vitamins and Minerals is Beneficial | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and three other institutions have taken issue with recent claims that 'the case is closed' on whether or not a multivitamin/mineral supplement should be taken by most people to help obtain needed micronutrients.
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While most nutrition experts agree that a balanced and nutritious diet is the best way to obtain needed nutrients, researchers point out that many Americans have a less-than-perfect diet – long on calories and short on nutrients - and the vast majority are not getting enough of several important vitamins and minerals. Research to be published in the Annals of Internal medicine, was done by a group of researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Tufts University, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

"It's naïve to ignore the fact that most people have micronutrient inadequacies, and wrong to condemn a daily supplement that could cover these nutritional gaps safely and at low cost," said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute, and a biochemist in the OSU College of Science.

"There's strong evidence that a multivitamin/mineral supplement supports normal functioning of the body and helps improve overall health, and may even help lower chronic disease risk," Frei said. "It's irresponsible to ignore decades of nutrition research and tell the people of the United States they have no need for a supplement that could be so helpful, and costs as little as $1 a month. "And if they have a poor diet, people should try to improve that as well," he said. "The two are not mutually exclusive."

Some of the points made by the researchers include:
- The vast majority of people do not meet all of the guidelines for dietary intake of vitamins and minerals.
- More than 93% of adults in the U.S. do not get the estimated average requirement of vitamins D and E from their diet; 61% not enough magnesium; and 50% not enough vitamin A and calcium.
- Concerns about "increased mortality" from supplements of vitamins A and E have been based on extremely high use through supplements far beyond the amount available in a multivitamin, and in the case of vitamin E largely refuted by comprehensive meta-analyses.

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Multivitamin/Mineral Supplements May Protect Against Breast Cancer

Multivitamin/Mineral Supplements May Protect Against Breast Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Findings from a study involving thousands of postmenopausal women suggest that women who develop invasive breast cancer may benefit from taking supplements containing both multivitamins and minerals.
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Research, published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, found that the risk of dying from invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women was 30% lower among multivitamin/mineral users compared with nonusers.

"Our study offers tentative but intriguing evidence that multivitamin/mineral supplements may help older women who develop invasive breast cancer survive their disease," said Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D., lead author of the study and distinguished university professor emerita of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

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