If you have been following news about health supplements lately you may be scratching your head. One day you read about health supplements being good for you. The very next day you read about health supplements being bad for you. Well, the benefits of supplements have been well-documented. All the same it might be a good idea to focus on particular supplements and their benefits or lack thereof, than to simply throw a blanket over everything.
A recent study on health effects of antioxidants and reduced breast cancer risk came up with encouraging results.
Encouraging findings from a new large population-based study, reported in the journal BMC Cancer*, have strengthened the case for supplementation of antioxidants in preventative health. The results demonstrate a clear association between long-term consumption of antioxidants and reduced breast cancer risk.
The new research, from Canada, links supplementation of zinc in premenopausal women, and supplementation of multiple vitamin, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc in postmenopausal women for 10 or more years with a lower risk of developing breast cancer. Those who had supplemented zinc for 10 years or longer were found to have less than half the risk of premenopausal and postmenopausal breast cancer, compared with participants who did not take any supplements.
The promising results have been welcomed by Advanced Nutrition Programme, a leading supplier of nutritional supplements in the professional health and beauty sector in the UK and Ireland, which offers a high quality source of most of the important nutrients which were associated with preventative effects. Skin Vitality (£18.65 for 80 tablets), from the Advanced Nutrition Programme range, contains the ten supplemented vitamins and minerals which were mentioned in the study: multiple vitamins, vitamins A, C, E, B-complex vitamins, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, zinc and selenium. Skin Vitality 1 is a broad spectrum single tablet supplement which supports healthy skin, hair, nails and contributes to overall wellbeing. See original story
Looks like that multivitamin might be good for you after all.