Multivitamins may lessen cancer risk


multivitaminsEver wonder if that multivitamin you take every morning is actually having a health benefit? Well, for men, it may actually lower the risk of cancer, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The studytracked more than 14,000 male physicians, all at least 50 years old, who were randomly assigned to take either a multivitamin or a placebo each day. After about 11 years, researchers found an 8 percent reduction in total cancers among men who took the multivitamin. However, the study found no impact on rates of prostate cancer, the most common type of cancer among the men in the study.

While the connection between multivitamins and cancer risk is still unclear, scientists hypothesize that multivitamins help because they mimic the content of fruits and vegetables, which have been linked with cancer reduction. Multivitamins are beneficial in preventing vitamin and mineral deficiencies.