supplements (except calcium) may not be good for older women

results from a new study reports that those supplements may not be helpful, and in some cases, could even be harmful for older women. researchers found that when it came to reducing the risk of death, most supplements had no effect on women’s health. women who took certain kinds of dietary supplements — vitamin B6, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron and multivitamins — faced a slightly higher risk of death than women who did not. only women who took supplemental calcium showed any reduction in their risk of death.

experts noted that supplements are beneficial for people who have some kind of nutritional deficiency, like anemia or osteoporosis. but many people who take dietary supplements are healthy and just want to be healthier. in the current study, the numbers of women who reported taking supplements increased over time — from 63 percent in 1986, to 75 percent in 1997 and 85 percent in 2004.

xxperts say the best way to ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients you need is still to eat a well-balanced diet.

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see report / read article by Carrie Gann. ABC News Medical Unit: Women Taking Diet Supplements Should Think Twice, Study Says

* read past post about calcium supplements

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