Vitamins and Supplements Reduce Health Problems


Or not…. I heard a radio blurb that a recent study found that people that take an average of 17 different vitamin and supplement pills a day have fewer health problems than those who take only a multiple vitamin. The big supplement takers had far lower rates of diabetes, cancer, heart attacks and strokes.

If such a study really exists, it immediately raises a red flag over something that I don’t really believe can be 100% accounted for. How can the researchers tell for sure that there is not something other than the main variable influencing the results? I think this is one of the reasons that we see so many contradictory results and interpretations when health studies are done. Remember the coffee is good for you, coffee is bad for you, coffee is good for you, and so on studies?

In this case, I would immediately suspect that people who take large numbers of supplements may be more focused on their health that those who just pop a multiple vitamin every morning. They may do everything from eating more fruits and vegetables to avoiding smoky bars and restaurants.

On the other hand, if the researchers in this study really were successful in accounting for all outside variables, and the results can be reproduced, there may be something to it. In that case, I would certainly want to know which 17 supplements the healthier group was taking!

If the results of this study hold up to further scrutiny, it may just result in another reason wealthier people living longer and healthier lives since only wealthy people could ever afford to take 17 different supplements every day. It is already known that, because of things like greater awareness of healthy lifestyle and diet choices, and better access to health-care, as financial status and education rise, people become healthier.

When I looked online for this specific “study”, I could not find it. I think I heard the original study cited by commentator Paul Harvey. As he is well known for pedaling vitamin supplements, maybe there is some doubt to be cast upon his “news” story?

I do know there is a researcher at the University of California that believes his lab has discovered a combination of vitamins, amino acids, and other supplements that can extend lifespan. They have even formed a company to sell their product. The problem is that, because of the long time frames involved in studying life extension, it is very difficult to prove if their product really does what is claimed. The pills they sell are also very expensive and out of the reach of most people.

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1 Anna

Will this brings funny thought I had in the health store today. Every where I turned there were slogans, this can help you with this, eat this and you will get this, this will prevent this etc etc etc. So the thought was, wow this store can solve all my problems, lol.

Again, staying on the topic, I am the same, I been watching the news through out many years, and things just go back and forth. So I say, balance is the answer for now. Also, I have problem with research, I have seen how people work, and trust me data can be very inaccurate, but the scientists still have a way to make it great discovery that really is not telling us much.

Excellent post Will, and I could write more, but I am afraid that I will have to head out for my beauty sleep, lol. I will be back. Anna 🙂


2 Will

Wow! A store that can solve all of our problems! Please send the name and address. It might be worth a trip to visit. 😉

I know that here in the U.S., at least, the companies have to be careful about the health claims they make. Sometimes it seems too careful, but then again, some would certainly abuse the claims if they could.

I think there is a lot of pressure on researchers and scientists these days to publish and get recognition. That may lead to sensational or questionable study headlines at times.



3 Anna

Yes Will that is what I say too, and I wish they could solve all the problems. BTW I read your About page, and I am impressed with your background, it was like reading a book which you cannot stop. Especially homeschooling three children, that is great I fully support it. I will drop by to read your homeschooling post next time. Anna 🙂


4 Purvi

Nutritional supplements itself means supplementing your diet. Thus you will have to eat well and take healthy food in daily diet. If you think that only with nutritional supplements you can keep healthy then that is not true.


5 Fitness Freak

I think your comments are spot on – I suspect their life-styles need to be examined as well.

It is highly likely that external factors contribute to their wellbeing.

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6 Bradley P. White

This is a really great post. I don’t think that most people realize how important it is to focus on your health. Whether you take one or 17 vitamins a day, either way you are probably supplementing a diet that is nutrient deficient unless you are among the most disciplined.

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7 Keith

I agree, Bradley. There is no way to get all the nutrients you need with the modern diet structured the way it is. Even if you eat the right foods, nutrients have been depleted from the soil by modern agribusiness. And some nutrients just don’t appear in some soils, selenium as an example.
You have to supplement nowadays for optimal health. I just wish there were some real (controlled) studies to show yea or nay.


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