About a third of U.S. adults take a daily multi-vitamin, now, new research finds that this habit may offer men some protection against cancer.
Taking a multivitamin may offer some protection against cancer in healthy middle age men, according to a new study in the journal of the American Medical Association.
Scientists recruited almost 15,000 male physicians, 50 years or older and followed them for more than a decade. Half took the multivitamin Centrum Silver and the others took a placebo. Men in the vitamin group had a modest 8% reduction in cancer cases compared to the others.
The American Cancer Society says that more studies need to be done to see if these results can be replicated.
The researchers were not able to determine which cancers might be affected by the intake of vitamins.
Also, the majority of men in the study were healthy, non-smokers, and experts are not sure if these cancer benefits will apply to smokers, other high risk groups, or women.
The American Cancer Society does recommend that people who want to be healthier try to get the nutrients from the food they eat. But for those who decide to take a pill they suggest a balanced multivitamin/mineral supplement that contains no more than 100% of the recommended daily value for most nutrients.