You’ve got to be kidding me. This article, the research behind it, and the way it was reported is the work of the FDA and pharmaceutical company’s manipulating the data for their own agenda. Of coarse they want to discredit the use of vitamins…they think people should only turn to drug treatment to prevent heart disease.
The biggest problem I have with these studies is the lack of details and poor research behind it. Will 500mg of Vitamin C really prevent anything? Modern day researchers have suggested doses of at least 1000mg to over 10,000mg for it’s anti-inflammatory effects. Vitamin E was also dosed at only 400 IU which is the minimum to prevent death!
The quality of the supplements are just as important in determining its therapeutic effect as the dose. What brand of vitamins were used? Were they cheap brand name supplements loaded with fillers and binders or something more highly absorbable?
Also, these doses may have been OK a few decades ago when our food was far more nutritious than it is today, but our food is severely depleted and its nutrients are only about 1/3 of what they were 40 years ago. Our produce comes from all over the world, shipped and stored in trucks before getting to market and most of the time, picked when fully ripe. With this reduction of available nutrients, it makes sense to supplement with what’s lost.
The benefits of taking supplements far out-weight any risks. Vitamin C protects against the harmful effects of pollution, prevents cancer, protects against infections, enhances immunity, protects against blood clotting, helps heal wounds and is needed for the metabolism of folic acid, tyrosine, etc., etc. and on and on…
Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that improves circulation, repairs tissues, reduces blood pressure, promotes normal clotting and healing, improves athletic performance, etc., etc.
The studies are numerous in demonstrating the advantages in these supplements. There is no reason to stop supplements if you are taking them.
Reference: Balch, James and Phyllis. “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” 1990.
An eight-year study involving nearly 15,000 male physicians failed to show a benefit for vitamin C and E in preventing heart attacks or strokes….