DAK advises against use of multivitamins

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Srinagar, June 10: With people in Kashmir valley hooked on
multivitamins, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Sunday
said they have no health benefits and some of them are even
harmful.
“Multivitamins do not boost your health and cannot replace a
healthy diet,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a
communiqué.
“People dose up on multivitamins as if they are elixir of life. They
think these supplements are an instant fix for feeling run down or
lack of energy. They believe that multivitamins prevent disease
and quell the ravages of ageing,” he said.
Dr Nisar said contrary to popular belief, research has failed to find
any substantial evidence that vitamins do any significant good.
“According to a study published in the Journal of the American
College of Cardiology, most of the multivitamins and minerals

have no health benefits in the prevention of cardiovascular disease,
heart attack, stroke or early death,” he said.
Dr Nisar said multivitamins do nothing to slow cognitive decline
associated with ageing and there is no data to support that they
prevent cancer. In fact, several supplements have been linked with
an increased risk of certain cancers.
“In a study, beta-carotene and vitamin A supplements increased the
risk of lung cancer among smokers by 28%,” he said adding that
“another study found that men who consumed vitamin E had 17%
increased risk of prostate cancer.”
Dr Nisar said multivitamins are not only unnecessary, but
potentially dangerous and their use is not justified and they should
be avoided.
“There is absolutely no substitute for a healthy diet which is the
ideal source of the vitamins we need. Fruits and vegetables will
give your body the vitamins it needs, at the right level and in the
right balance,” he said.