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The study involved about 39,000 women who were between the ages of 55 and 69 when the study began and were tracked for 19 years.
During that time, about 40 per cent of them died. When the researchers looked at who took vitamins, those who chose multivitamins had a slightly higher risk of death than those who took no supplements at all. The same was found for women who regularly took iron, vitamin B6, folic acid, magnesium, zinc and copper.
Nevertheless, they add that older women, and perhaps men, might benefit from vitamin D supplements, especially if they have insufficient vitamin D from their diet and sun exposure. As for calcium, that "may require further study," they add.
Taking iron was particularly problematic: the more iron the women took, the higher their risk of death.
I personally don't see how anyone could abuse things such as vitamin C or calcium. I'm sure anything can be harmful in large enough doses, but when is the last time you ever heard of anyone overdosing on vitamin C?
Originally posted by FissionSurplus
I have had rheumatoid arthritis since 1999. I take no prescription medication for it. I used to, until I realized that those pharmaceuticals were killing my immune system and leaving me heavily addicted to opiate pain medication. On top of that, their recommended treatment still left me unable to function like a normal human being.
Over the years I have developed a vitamin and herb regime which has arrested the deformation and deterioration of my joints, stopped the constant fatigue and pain, and allowed me to live a semi-normal life, where most days I can actually forget that I have RA.
Now TPTB want to take away my ability to do this. I have no health insurance. I couldn't possibly afford buying these supplements if Big Pharma gets their way and makes them a prescription-only "drug" with hugely inflated prices.
I have been watching their carefully contrived PR campaign against vitamins and supplements for some time now. They don't care about my health, or yours. It's all about the money, honey.
In my mind, they are trying to doom me to a life of disability and pain, unless I can pay their exorbitant prices for something that should be available without their greedy interference. They are declaring war on me. I don't plan on going down without a fight.
Originally posted by Suspiria
I seldom take a multi vit unless I am with child, otherwise I just take a one a day of things I think I need, like Vitamin D one week a month and Iron. Maybe this study hasn't actually taken us stereotypical translucent sun dodging goth anemic's into account.
Overdosing on Vitamin C will only make you feel extremely hot and give you the squits. My husband sometimes has to take a mega amount of Vit C and a tab of Lycine if he feels a coldsore coming on. The combination kills them before they get a proper hold.
It's true though that many people DO overdose on vits. They take their one a day religiously but also go mad with others. Folic acid as far as I am aware, can mask serious B deficiencies.