Vitamin Pill Controversy

Feb 19 2009

I admit it, I take some vitamins… maybe I should stop?

Ever since the Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Linus Pauling first promoted โ€œmegadosesโ€ of essential nutrients 40 years ago, Americans have been devoted to their vitamins. Today about half of all adults use some form of dietary supplement, at a cost of $23 billion a year.

But are vitamins worth it? In the past few years, several high-quality studies have failed to show that extra vitamins, at least in pill form, help prevent chronic disease or prolong life.

Vitamin Pills: A False Hope?

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