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A method of "giving" your body vitamins by taking pills, drinks etc.
Recent research (completed 2002) carried out by Oxford University scientists, on a group of 20,000 people, showed that there was no benefit taking the additives given.
These were vitamin C, E and beta-carotene; and the tests were carried out over a five year period. Each receiver of vitamins was given 600mg of vitamin E, 250mg of vitamin C and 20mg of beta-carotene combined in two daily capsules.
Half the receivers were given vitamins, and the remainder dummy pills.
Those developing heart disease, cancers or having strokes (the main reason for the tests) - was constant in each group.
Research leader Rory Collins said " They are safe - we didn"t find any hazards. But they were useless". Advice is to spend the same money on fruit and vegetables. The Oxford scientists thought it was possible that past research showing benefit from these vitamins was more related with the way "guinea pigs" had changed their lifestyle and diet in other ways
The Health Supplements Information Service, says the study was too small, and was only undertaken over a relatively-short period. For more information on nutrition see 'Nutrients A to Z' by Dr. Michael Sharon. See 'Antioxidant', 'Brewer's yeast', 'Vitamin', 'Vitamin B Complex', 'Vitamin B2', Vitamin B3', 'VitaminB5', 'Vitamin B6', 'VitaminB12', 'VitaminB15', 'Vitamin C', 'Vitamin D', 'Vitamin E', 'Vitamin K', 'Vitamin P'