Is It Safe To Take Multivitamins Everyday?


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Multivitamin supplement is now consumed each day to supply the lacking nutritional intake in the body. But is it safe to have multivitamins every day?

“Like several previous studies, a multivitamin may not actually be beneficial for your health,” said Kat Arney, science information manager of Cancer Research UK, as reported from Dailymail, Tuesday (6/4/2010).

According to Kat, we can get all the proper nutrition for the body from a healthy diet, rich in fiber from fruits and vegetables.

In this research, it is found a women taking a multivitamin every day to prevent disease, can increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

Researchers found that middle-aged women and older who regularly consumed a multivitamin supplement, nearly 20 percent more likely to develop tumors.

They believe the supplements can trigger tumor growth by increasing the density of breast tissue, a known risk factor for cancer.

Studies show that taking supplements containing vitamins and minerals can increase breast tissue more than 5 percent.

Folic acid which may be found in a multivitamin pill can also be a factor, and according to the study, a high dose folic acid can enhance tumor growth.

The experts from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, has studied more than 35,000 women aged between 49 and 83 over 10 years.

They found those who regularly consume multivitamins, are 19 percent more likely to develop breast tumors.

Even when researchers relate it to women who smoke, too much exercise or have a history of cancer, which is are strong risk factor of cancer, they still found a significant association with pengonsumsian multivitamins.

In the year 2007, there was a study that found nearly 300,000 people were found to consume supplements more than once a day, 32 percent more likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer.

And in 2008, research at the University of Copenhagen found that high doses of vitamin A, vitamin E and beta-carotene seem to increase the chances of early death.

Every year about 40,000 women in England are diagnosed with breast cancer, equivalent to more than 100 days. A woman has one of the nine opportunities to develop the disease at some point in her life.

The researchers also said that not only multivitamins that cause an increase in cancer cases, but there are other factors that might support such an unhealthy lifestyle in women.

However, experts warned this finding alarming and needs to be done in-depth studies to determine whether a multivitamin is safe or not to be consumed every day.