Disease Prevention in Adults.

Clinical Study Title:
Vitamins for chronic disease prevention in adults: clinical applications.

Plain English Summary:
There are many syndromes associated with deficiencies of vitamins and essential nutrients. Lesser levels of vitamins will increase a risk for chronic diseases. Specific vitamin deficiencies are related to various chronic diseases or cancer. Since it is difficult to try to supplement specific vitamins in separate pills, a daily multivitamin with specific ingredients is recommended. Vitamins B6 and B12 are protective against heart disease and some cancers, Vitamin D is good against many fractures and healing time, and Vitamins A, E, and C are related to many chronic diseases. Pregnant women should also look for folate in their multivitamin, and too much Vitamin A during pregnancy should be avoided. In general, the best way to gain the maximum protective benefits from vitamins is to use a good multivitamin.
Fletcher RH. Fairfield KM.
Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 133 Brookline Ave, Sixth Floor, Boston, MA 02215, US
Country of Publication
United States
JAMA. 287(23):3127-9, 2002 Jun 19.

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