Don't listen to bogus studies that say multivitamins don't prevent cancer

November 26, 2012
Volume 2    |   Issue 93
You may have heard in recent years that taking vitamins doesn’t lower your risk of cancer. Most of these studies looked at high doses of singular vitamins, such as vitamins A or E. But what about a multivitamin? Will it help you lower your risk of cancer? A new study says yes!

This new study followed 15,000 men over the age of 50. Half of them took a placebo and the other half took a Centrum Silver multivitamin. After following the group for over 10 years, the researchers found that those taking the multivitamin had an 8% lower risk of having any cancer.

Now, 8% doesn’t sound like much. But the researchers said this represents a “significant benefit in cancer prevention.” And remember, this is Centrum Silver. This is a low-dose multivitamin you can find at any grocery store. The amount of vitamins and minerals in Centrum Silver are barely enough to make it worth taking. You can easily get these amounts in a fairly healthy diet. So we can only assume that the 8% would go up significantly with a higher dose multivitamin.

This study flies in the face of other studies that have said multivitamins have little-to-no effect on cancer risk. In fact, one study on women suggested taking a multivitamin can increase your risk of breast cancer. What’s the difference? Why did this new study find a benefit, while the others didn’t?

The main difference is that the new study compared the multivitamin to a placebo. The other studies used an observational technique, which is not a high-quality study. But there was another difference. This new study was much longer (11 years) in duration. The others were relatively short, which means the cancer protection didn’t have time to develop. The longer you take a multivitamin, the better the protection. This is a big difference – and evidence you shouldn’t listen to the bogus studies that blackball multivitamins.

Most alternative doctors will tell you that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will give you the same protection. This is true. However, only 1.5% of the U.S. population eats the recommended daily allowance of fruits and veggies. It’s no wonder cancer is at epidemic levels today. That means almost all of us need to take a multivitamin.

Unless you eat a diet that’s largely fruits and veggies, you need to take a multivitamin. However, don’t buy your multivitamin from the grocery store. Many of these are made from synthetic vitamins, rather than natural, and the dosages are too small. You can order a high-quality multivitamin from Advanced Bionutritionals by following this link.

Your Insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.

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