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03 Jun 2014 - Nutrition researchers shoot holes in assertion that multivitamins are unnecessary

by Hank Schultz

A response published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine by four well-known nutrition researchers takes strident issue with an editorial published in the same journal that multivitamins are not useful.


See Frei et al 2014 - Enough is Enough for details of this and related publications.
The authors of the first paper “ignored decades of nutrition research and diet monitoring of the U.S. population to reach this misleading conclusion,” the researchers wrote.

The researchers reasoned that multivitamins help fill nutritional gaps, improve general health, will cause no harm and are easily worth the few cents a day they cost.

To 'call the case closed' is wrong and 'misinforms the public and the medical community' the researchers wrote.  

Their statements were a response to the editorial that ran in the same publication in December of last year, arguing that such supplements are unnecessary. The editorial received widespread publicity.