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How Effective Are Your Vitamins for Your Cardiovascular Health?

How Effective Are Your Vitamins for Your Cardiovascular Health?


Are Your Supplemental Vitamins and Minerals Pulling Their Weight In the Improvement of Your Cardiovascular Health? The answer just got a lot more complicated. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found no positive or negative effects on cardiovascular disease, stroke or early death in people taking multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin C.

Researchers analyzed existing health information collected between January 2012 and October 2017 and found no measurable increase in cardiovascular health benefits based on the supplemental consumption of many popular vitamins. The study cites a few exceptions: Folate, B6, and B12 showed minor evidence of reducing the risk of both heart disease and stroke.  But in general, the study claims there’s no evidence so far that shows supplements can adequately provide nutrients in the same way food does. Instead, researchers suggest people seeking to improve cardiovascular health might find success with a change in diet that includes more plant-based foods and less processed ones.

In addition to a better diet, exercise is recommended as well. A study published conducted by John Hopkins Medicine found, “In everyday terms our findings suggest that consistently participating in the recommended 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week, such as brisk walking or biking, in middle age may be enough to reduce your heart failure risk by 31 percent,” said Chiadi Ndumele, M.D., M.H.S.

The primary researchers acknowledge that the Vitamin study’s findings are far from conclusive, though, since they’re unsure how reflective their sample participants were of the of the general population. If you’re having doubts about the effectiveness of your vitamins, do make sure you discuss your concerns with your physician before you quit cold turkey.  You can read more information about the study here.


Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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