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Jury Out on Multivitamins

February 28, 2007: 12:00 AM EST
Harvard Men's Health Watch says that people should stop taking multivitamins until the link between folate and prostate cancer is determined. Researchers say that there are many unanswered questions about folic acid and cancer. One popular theory, still unproven, suggests that timing and dose may explain folate's apparently contradictory effects on cancer. But the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) says there is no reason to stop taking multivitamins. Many people have inadequate diets, and the supplements help to fill the gaps, the Council says. Harvard Men's Health Watch says that people should consider taking a vitamin D supplement if they do stop taking multivitamins, because many people get too little of this in their daily diets.
Alex McNally, "Give Up Multivitamins, Harvard Warns", NutraIngredients, February 28, 2007, © Decision News Media
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