A new study has revealed that Vitamin D Supplements could in fact be a complete waste of time and money, if used as a means to prevent illness. According to the team or researchers behind the study, there is little to no evidence to suggest that Vitamin D pills offer any benefits against heart disease, cancer, stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s Disease or any other common diseases.
Vitamin D supplements have been among America’s favorites for decades, having been dubbed potentially miraculous for their supposed benefits to long-term health. However, taking into account the medical records of over a million individuals spanning 462 separate studies, scientists have reached the conclusion that low Vitamin D levels are in no way connected to the above illnesses as previously suspected.
The market for supplements is worth billions of dollars to the US economy every year and continues to grow at record pace by the months. Some of the biggest-sellers of all are fish oil supplements and multi-vitamin tablets – many of which are sold on the back of their high Vitamin D content.
“Ageing and inflammatory processes involved in disease occurrence . . . reduce vitamin D concentrations, which would explain why vitamin D deficiency is reported in a wide range of disorders.”
However, he was also keen to state that the findings of the study in no way call into question the essential bone benefits of Vitamin D.
“Most healthy adults do not need vitamin D supplements,” added researcher Professor Ian Reid.
“Our data suggest the targeting of low-dose vitamin D supplements only to individuals who are likely to be deficient could free up substantial resources that could be better used elsewhere in healthcare.”