Vitamins from food — not supplements — linked with longer life

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(Rachael Rettner/ Live Science) — There’s some good and bad news about vitamins and minerals: The good news is that intake of certain vitamins and minerals is linked with a lower risk of early death. The bad news is that this link is seen only when those nutrients come from food, not supplements, according to a new study.

“Our results support the idea that… there are beneficial associations with nutrients from foods that aren’t seen with supplements,” senior study author Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, an associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, said in a statement.

What’s more, consuming large doses of some nutrients through supplements might be harmful — the study found that getting high levels of calcium from supplements was linked to an increased risk of death from cancer.

The study, published April 8 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, analyzed information from more than 27,000 adults in the U.S. ages 20 and up who took part in a national health survey between 1999 and 2010.(…)

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