Did you know that women who take vitamins are more heart-healthy?
A new analysis of deaths from heart disease over more than 20 years finds that women who took multivitamin-mineral supplements for three years or more were significantly less likely to die from heart disease.
For their study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, a team of researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III, conducted between 1988 and 1994, and followed the the participants for an average of 18 years to find out how many actually died of cardiovascular disease.
What they found was that women who had been taking multivitamin-mineral dietary supplements – especially vitamins C, D, and E, and the mineral magnesium – for at least three years when they answered the survey had a 35 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease over the following decades when compared to women who did not use the supplements. They also found that supplement users in the U.S. tend to be better educated about healthy lifestyle habits,
Regan Bailey, who led the research, said many health behaviors, such as eating nutritiously, exercising regularly and not smoking clearly reduce the risk of developing heart disease and dying from it. She also stressed that “Taking a multivitamin-mineral should not be a replacement for any of these behaviors.”