If you take vitamins to stay healthy and stave off illnesses, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something you should know: ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a lot evidence indicating that health supplements can help ward off cancer and heart disease, according to a recent study review by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine.
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The Task Force examined data from a 2013 study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine that looked at multivitamins and their effect on chronic diseases. Based off of these findings, the Task ForceÃ¢â‚¬”which was not involved with the studyÃ¢â‚¬”released a statement saying that more research is necessary to determine whether vitamin and mineral supplements really help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.
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Until thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more proof on the benefits of supplements, researchers suggest skipping pills and instead adding more nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products, and seafood to your dietÃ¢â‚¬”all of which have been associated with a lower risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. There is one exception: If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re actually deficient in certain nutrients, you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to give up supplements. Just donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take them because you think theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll help keep you disease-free. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no science to back up that claim (at least not yet).
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