Taking multivitamin daily – New research # 21

Taking multivitamin daily has no health effects.

Taking multivitamin daily

        New research # 21


Taking multivitamin daily is believed beneficial to live longer. There  are many people who take multivitamins  supplements every day. I don’t know if  they live longer with the help of these multivitamins supplements.  But i am  sure for one thing. They are source of income for the manufacturers of such multivitamins supplements.  There is a new research that taking multivitamin supplements daily do not improve mortally risk.



  • What are  multivitamin supplements ?
  • Side effects of multivitamins supplements.
  • Multivitamin supplements and death.
  • Dietitians recommendations.


What are  multivitamin supplements?

Multivitamins are a combination of many different vitamins that are normally found in foods and other natural sources.

Multivitamins are used to provide vitamins that are not taken in through the diet. Multivitamins are also used to treat vitamin deficiencies (lack of vitamins) caused by illness, pregnancy, poor nutrition, digestive disorders, and many other conditions.

Side effects of multivitamin supplements:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing,  unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

If your product has iron in it:

  • Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
  • Fever.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
  • Stomach cramps

Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the above signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

Multivitamin supplements and death risk.

Multivitamin supplements are available very easily even over the counter. They are very popular supplements globally. One among three US adults take multivitamin supplements. They believe that these supplements will keep them healthy. But they may not actually make them healthier.

It is estimated that 1/3rd of US adults take multivitamin . These adults spend about 8 billion dollars annually to buy multivitamin supplements. This is about 1/7th of all dollars that are spent to buy supplements. The adults think that all necessary vitamins and minerals in one pill per day is attractive . The adults take these supplements to maintain their health and fitness and to prevent chronic diseases. Do these supplements do that ? Well, study shows that taking multivitamin daily does not help to improve physical health.

There are many evidence that taking daily multivitamins may not provide consumers with any real protective benefits in chronic condition like heart disease and cancer.

The truth is that for healthy individuals , a multivitamin may not provide any benefit at all. Please read our article “ Benefits of Beets, Health tip # 20 ”  Eating beets will make you more healthy. You should know that eating multivitamin daily does not help to improve physical health.

A large study was conducted involving 400,000 adults , their average age was 61.5 years. No participant has  a history of any chronic disease. The participants were given one tablet of multivitamins every day for 20 years. The result showed that no improvement in mortality risk compared to those who did not take multivitamin daily. What it means ? That taking multivitamin daily dose not help to improve health.

A surprising result was found that the participants who were taking the multivitamin supplement  daily, demonstrated  a slightly ( 4 % ) mortality risk. Otherwise taking multivitamin daily showed no improvement in physical health.

The findings , from researchers at the National Cancer Institute, were  published in JAMA NETWORK.

Erikka Loftfield PhD , a researcher in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics at the National cancer Institute and the first author of the study told in her  own words as ;

” To date, there has been sufficient evidence to determine the benefits and harm of MV use. Leveraging data from three large and geographically diverse US cohorts with repeat assessment of MV use and extended follow-up mortality  outcomes, we aimed to evaluate the association of MV use with leading causes of chronic disease-related death”.

Erikka Loftfield  PhD and her team managed 3 separate groups  tor their study. Totally  390,124  healthy U.S. adults participated in the study for almost 20 years. The study was observational  in nature. The study aim was to know if taking multivitamin daily can improve one’s health.

Erikka Loftfield PhD and her team calculated all the data and reached at a conclusion that participants taking a multivitamin daily did not have a lower risk of all-cause mortality than those who did not take multivitamin every day. They also observed there was no benefit related to health outcomes, including cancer , heart disease and stroke. The findings are almost the same as previous research, including recommendations made by the U.S. Preventive Task Force in  year  2014  and 2022 saying there little to no benefit in taking multivitamins. In fact, taking multivitamin daily has no effects on health or fitness.

Dr. Parul  M. Goyal, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Medicine for Seniors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center ( not affiliated with study )  told in her own words:

” The result were not surprising. The patients that they enrolled are all patients without any chronic medical conditions. Especially they’re all healthy patients. Typically , if you are a healthy individual, and you are exercising , you are eating a regular diet, you are consuming your fruits and vegetables , you are getting your regular intake of vitamins and supplements. There are some individuals who would likely benefit from a multivitamin supplement, including those with anemia, diabetes, and postmenopausal women . ( Postmenopause is the time after menopause, when a woman hasn’t experienced a period for over a year. Postmenopause, you will no longer have periods but some women do continue to experience symptoms of menopause).meno·​pause. ˈmen-ə-ˌpȯz. : the period of life when menstruation permanently stops naturally that usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

Two registered  dietitians were  approached and asked if they recommend to take multivitamin daily for good health. /.

Dietitians recommendations.

Their opinion  about eating a healthy diet and .  taking multivitamin supplements every day . Kritin Kirkpattrick , MS RD, one of the registered dietitian  answered as under :

My recommendations for patients are always personalized. In my practice at the Cleveland Clinic, a recommendation to take or skip a multivitamin is based on many factors, including the patient’s current health, dietary plan, other supplements being taken, and personal health goals. An MVI is not insurance from an unhealthy dietary pattern “.

Alyssa Kwan , MS, RD, a clinical Dietitian in Cardiology at Stanford Medicine explained as under ‘

” I do not generally recommend a multivitamin for those following a healthy diet and eating well-balanced meals. I will only recommend one if patients  are not nutritionally meeting their nutrient needs or have a poor diet at baseline. May be their appetite is really poor or they are just not able to meet every thing via diet alone, then i would supplementing with a multivitamin.

Kirkpatrick and Kwan both cautions that a multivitamin should NOT be taken to cover unhealthy choices of foods that are not nutritionally dense”.



  • An evidence from a U.S. study reveals that taking multivitamin supplements daily do not improve mortality risk.
  • Individuals who take a multivitamin every day , had a slightly higher mortality risk as compared to those who did not take the multivitamin.
  • One of three U.S. adults is taking multivitamin daily,  but they do not  get health benefits yet.


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