London, UK (PRWEB UK) 3 March 2014
When treating chronic health issues such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, many physicians recommend vitamin supplements, not only to ensure the patient receives proper nutrition but also as a way to prevent the condition or aid in the body’s healing through the natural defenses. There is also an increased usage of multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplements as a way to improve overall health or simply as a way to maintain what is considered the healthy levels of required vitamins among the British population.
To determine how often supplements were taken daily, Vitamin Planet conducted a survey that specified the ages and sex of those who consumed vitamins regularly along with the length of time that they had taken it. It was observed that 86 per cent of those questioned admitted to the daily use of dietary supplements and 52 per cent required the whole family, including children, to take a daily multivitamin. Women were more consistent and had consumed supplements for a longer period than men, although the percentage equalised among those in the 60-70 year bracket.
Many observational and cohort studies on the value of taking nutritional supplements for various medical conditions have given rise to mixed responses in the medical fraternity , with many concluding that there is no supporting evidence to indicate exactly how vitamin supplements interacts with the cellular functioning of the human body. But in the last week alone there have been two new studies on the use of nutritional vitamins positively affecting two common ailments.
The first was a randomized, double-blind study spanning 14 years and conducted by William Christen, ScD and researchers based at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School followed the development of cataracts in nearly 15,000 male physicians and specifically focused on the relationship if long-term consumption of vitamins for one group including vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene supplements, and a daily multivitamin supplement against a group who received a placebo. The results, published in Novembers issue of Ophthalmology Ophthalmology showed a 9 per cent drop in cataract risk for those who took the vitamins as opposed to those on the placebo.
In the British Journal of Psycology is was reported in January this year that a study second study conducted by Julia Rucklidge and the Department of Psychology at the New Zealand’s University of Canterbury, a double-blind randomised controlled trial of 80 adults suffering from ADHD were given individual vitamin supplements and placebos, to gauge the changes in mood and the ability to self regulate during activities. The groups taking dietary supplements showed increased ability to focus over those who took no vitamins.
Rachel Moore of Vitamin Planet commented:
"Although most scientific studies suggest multivitamins and other supplements are beneficial to overall health, we must remember that they are not all-purpose elixirs of health. For those who lack sufficient vegetables and fruit in their daily diet, or have suffered a long-term illness of treatment and need extra nutrients a multivitamin supplement is beneficial."
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