Scientists have alerted that the use of dietary supplements, which is a fad in modern day health-seeking behaviour, does not extend one’s life expectancy.
That is according to the findings of a new study published in the ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’ journal.
Vitamins are any of a group of organic compounds which are essential for normal growth and nutrition and are required in small quantities in the diet because they cannot be synthesised by the body.
A pill containing a specified amount of a particular vitamin or vitamins, could be taken as a dietary supplement.
However, most people can get all the vitamins they need from a healthy diet.
The research showed that using health supplements on the belief that it could extend live span of the consumers, have no influence on mortality.
The United States (US) National Institutes of Health, which funded the study, wrote in a blog post: “People with adequate intake of vitamin A, vitamin K, magnesium, zinc, and copper were less likely to die. However, that relationship only held for nutrient intake from food consumption.”
According to the researchers, if anyone thought their popping vitamin habit was adding years to their life expectancy, they were wrong.
Although, 75 per cent of Americans were reportedly downing health supplements, aimed to extend their life expectancy, the current research ruled that they had “no influence on mortality.”
The study however, showed that consuming the right amount of nutrients could lower the risk of death. But those results only applied when it related to eating.
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