Wait a minute – we thought taking a daily multivitamin could only help, not hurt us. But according to a recent health article on Canada.com (via Reuters), that may not always be the case. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conducted a study which found that women age 49 and over who take multivitamin supplements on a regular basis generally have a 19% higher risk of developing breast cancer. But on the flip side, other recent studies have shown that female multivitamin users are no more likely to die of cancer than non-users. And, of course, other issues can factor into a woman’s risk of breast cancer including family history, weight, exercise habits, and whether or not she smokes. The kicker? Many researchers and doctors – including Dr. Susanna C. Larsson of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm – believe that if a woman consistently eats a healthy, varied, and nutritious diet, then taking multivitamins is completely unnecessary. So what do you and your health practitioner think – do you and should you take your vitamins? Let us know in the comments section, below.
via Canada.com and Reuters