Multi-vitamin supplements `do nothing for our health`

Experts have said that millions of consumers might be wasting their money on multi-vitamin supplements, as they do nothing for health.

Researchers spent more than six years following 8,000 people and found that those taking supplements were just as likely to have developed cancer or heart disease as those who took an identical-looking dummy pill.

And when they were questioned on how healthy they felt, there was hardly any difference between the two groups.

Many users fall into the category of the `worried well` – healthy adults who believe the pills will insure them against deadly illnesses – according to Catherine Collins, chief dietician at St George`s Hospital in London.

`It`s the worried well who are taking these pills to try and protect themselves against Alzheimer`s disease, heart attacks and strokes,` the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

`But they are wasting their money. This was a large study following people up for a long period of time assessing everything from their mobility and blood pressure to whether they were happy or felt pain,` she stated.

Multi-vitamin supplements have become increasingly popular as a quick and easy way of topping up the body`s nutrient levels.

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