Multivitamin use does not appear to offer any longevity benefit and is associated with increased risk of breast and prostate cancer. Some have speculated that copper in multivitamins may be contributing to the Alzheimer’s epidemic. Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Beta Carotene supplements may increase mortality rates. Lutein is similarly better obtained from produce, not pills, despite the minor decline in the nutrient content of crops. Getting a minimum of nine servings per day of fruits and vegetables is recommended over taking multivitamin supplements. Taking Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 supplements, however, are recommended for those at risk for deficiency.

See also the related blog post: Multivitamins and Mortality

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