Vitamin pills ‘may do more harm than good’

Vitamin supplements ‘may do more harm than good’

People who take vitamin pills to ward off ill-health may be doing themselves more harm than good, a leading expert has warned.

Thousands of people pop vitamin pills in the hope they will prevent against diseases like cancer, but Professor Martin Wiseman, medical and scientific adviser to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has advised people to eat a diet packed with fresh fruit and vegetables instead of relying on supplements.

He said: ‘Some people may be doing themselves more harm than good.’

And a report from the Copenhagen University Hospital seems to support his theory; it found that betacarotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E may increase mortality.

Researchers combined results of a number of clinical trials to judge the overall effects of vitamin pills.

They found that in 47 trials involving 180,938 people, antioxidant supplements increased mortality by 5%.

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