Health effects of vitamin and mineral supplements

FF Zhang, SI Barr, H McNulty, D Li, JB Blumberg

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Abstract

Vitamin and mineral supplements are the most commonly
used dietary supplements by
populations worldwide.1-4
The amount of micronutrients
they provide ranges from less than recommended intakes to much more, making them important contributors to total
intakes. While supplements can be used to
correct micronutrient deficiency or maintain an adequate intake, over-the-counter
supplements are most often taken by people with no clinical signs or symptoms of
deficiency. However, the effect of vitamin
and mineral supplements on the risk of
non-communicable diseases in “generally healthy” populations is controversial.
We examine patterns of supplement use
and the evidence on their effects from randomised trials.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberm2511
Number of pages5
JournalBMJ
Volume369
Early online date29 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Jun 2020

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    Zhang, FF., Barr, SI., McNulty, H., Li, D., & Blumberg, JB. (2020). Health effects of vitamin and mineral supplements. BMJ, 369, [m2511]. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2511