Multivitamins And Heart Health


Taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement may have beneficial effects on heart health. That’s the conclusion of a large review of data, involving over 18,500 male doctors, in which those who took a multivitamin and mineral supplement for at least 20 years were almost half as likely (44%) to experience a heart attack or stroke as those who did not take a multivitamin long-term.

Vitamins and heart health

During the follow-up period of just over 12 years, all cardiovascular events among this large group of American physicians (who were aged 40 or over) were recorded and their long-term use of vitamin and mineral supplements appeared to have significant protective effects on the heart and circulation.

A similar study, also published in the Journal of Nutrition, previously found that women who used multivitamins and minerals for at least 3 years had a 35% lower risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke than those not taking them.

The most likely reason is that a multivitamin acts as a nutritional safety net to prevent deficiencies of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, folic acid, calcium and magnesium, which are all important for a healthy heart, blood pressure and circulation. I suspect much of the benefits of this nutritional safety net come from obtaining good amounts of magnesium, intakes of which are often low in the modern, processed diet.

Lack of vitamins and minerals is associated with an increased risk of numerous long-term health problems, so taking a good quality supplement is a good idea if you have a high blood pressure.

When selecting a multivitamin you may want to select one which is tailored to your age. People over the age of 50 need more B vitamins, for example, due to reduced intestinal absorption, but also need less iron.

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About DrSarahBrewer

Dr Sarah Brewer qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. After working in general practice, she gained a master's degree in nutritional medicine from the University of Surrey. Sarah is a licensed Medical Doctor, a Registered Nutritionist and a Registered Nutritional Therapist. She is an award winning author of over 60 popular self-help books and a columnist for Prima magazine.



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4 thoughts on “Multivitamins And Heart Health

  • somegamerguy

    I like how you have links to published journals to back up your information. You include a free item for joining you mailing list. You give a lot of factual information on the possible effects of taking a multivitamin long term. you also give people a message stating that you do make a small profit from your affiliations. Also you made sure that your side bars flowed well and none of your widgets were clunky.

  • Sangeeta

    Hi Sarah, even I think that multi vitamins and vitamins play essential role in our body growth, development and regulation. Because of busy schedule, I am not able to maintain a balanced diet so in that case, I think, these capsules will play a major role to fulfill the requirements of cells.

    I will definitely go through Nutrition Updates ebook as soon as I will get some time. 🙂