The advice is everywhere. Taking a daily multivitamin is good for you. Although I do take one myself, because I have a healthy, well rounded diet, I have often wondered if it was really necessary. Others have wondered also, but the recommendation to take one persists. I have heard a doctor or two saying that multivitamins do no harm except to your wallet. Take one if it makes you feel like you are helping your health. One well known media doctor refers to people who take vitamin supplements every day as having “expensive pee”. Now comes some different news implying that taking a multivitamin may actually harm your health.
You can read the article I saw on the WebMD site, but pretty much what it says is this: If you are a woman and take a daily multivitamin your risk of breast cancer increases by 19%. Now this is just one study, but the results are concerning. The WebMD article offers a few possible reasons for the increased risk but does not mention one that comes to my mind. Perhaps small slow growing cancers that already exist are prompted to grow faster when exposed to the excess vitamins contained in the daily pill? In any case, this article has me rethinking my daily multivitamin, what about you?