‘Do not waste your money’: Most heart-healthy supplements won’t cut your disease risk, study shows

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There are lots of things you can do to keep your heart healthy and hopefully live longer. But a new review suggests that most dietary changes and supplements won’t move the needle much, if at all. Some supplements might even slightly increase your chances of a stroke.

The study, published [July 9] in the Annals of Internal Medicine, is a deep dive into the links between our diet and supplement habits and our cardiovascular health. It’s a review of nine past meta-analyses of randomized and controlled clinical trials as well as four other trials—amounting to more than 270 trials involving nearly a million volunteers. These trials asked people to try out a total of 24 interventions, such as taking a certain supplement or switching to a Mediterranean diet, and compared them to control groups.

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But they found no evidence that taking supplements containing vitamins B6 and A, multivitamins, iron, or antioxidants led to any change in people’s risk of cardiovascular disease or dying earlier. 

“Do not waste your money on these supplements,” study author Safi Khan said in a video statement released by the American College of Physicians, which publishes the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Read full, original post: Most Supplements and Dietary Changes Do Squat for Your Heart, Large Research Review Finds

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