Why these supplements don't prevent a second heart attack and memory loss

December 24, 2013
Volume 10    |   Issue 52

Nobody wants to suffer a heart attack. And if you have survived one, you know you never want to have another one. Unfortunately, some people believe taking a low-dose multivitamin can stop a second heart attack. It won't. Of course, there are people who think taking a low-dose multivitamin will prevent memory loss as well. It won't.

Taking a low-dose, synthetic multivitamin to prevent heart attacks and cognitive decline is like eating half a bologna sandwich on white bread for a day's supply of nutrients. It just doesn't work.

Multivitamins are not miracle workers. They provide a nutritional supplement to a healthful diet. A high-quality multivitamin will do this far better than a low-dose multivitamin. But no ethical medical professional has ever promised miracles from a multivitamin. Yes, they can help prevent disease. Yes, they can help maintain a healthy body. And, yes, they have helped some people experience incredible medical breakthroughs.

However, multivitamins are under attack again from conventional medicine because they don't perform miracles. Two recent studies showed that low-dose multivitamins failed to improve cognitive function in older men and did not reduce the risk of having a second heart attack.

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The studies gave supplement-basher Dr. Edgar Miller, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the ammunition he needed to blast multivitamins in an editorial in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Miller wrote: "The [vitamin and supplement] industry is based on anecdote, people saying 'I take this, and it makes me feel better.' It's perpetuated. But when you put it to the test, there's no evidence of benefit in the long term. It can't prevent mortality, stroke, or heart attack."

Dr. Miller failed to mention that drugs don't prevent mortality, stroke, or heart attack either. In fact, many of them will cause these events. Drugs are the #1 cause of death in the U.S. Vioxx (to name just one drug) was taken off the market for causing heart attacks. And in 2003, researchers said many over-the-counter cold medications caused strokes. And, yet, Dr. Miller has to bash low-dose supplements for not performing miracles.

Dr. Miller also fails to mention that the investigators were compensated by pharmaceutical companies. They had a big incentive to find a problem with the supplements.

Conventional medicine has a huge problem. Their products kill and maim people. Supplements, even the inexpensive, low-dose vitamins you find at the grocery store, don't. While these cheap vitamins may not perform miracles, other supplements have. And they will continue to help women beat osteoporosis, heart disease, memory loss, and many other health problems.

Don't forget, the foundation for good health starts with adequate nutrition. Most of that good nutrition should come from your diet. But you also need to take a high-quality multivitamin like Healthy Resolve to keep your nutrition levels high. It is your best line of defense against disease.

Your voice of reason in Women's Health,

Sources:

Grodstein F, et al "Long-term multivitamin supplementation and cognitive function in men: the Physicians Health Study II" Ann Intern Med 2013; 159; DOI: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-12-201312170-00006.

http://www.webmd.com/stroke/news/20030711/over-the-counter-drugs-may-cause-strokes

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/16/health/multivitamins-studies/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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