The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is tasked with the job of weighing the benefits and harms of multivitamins for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) or cancer (CA). A draft of the recommendations was recently published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research reviewed two large trials of 27,658 individuals followed over a ten year period. No clear evidence of risk or benefit was found in either men or women. Based on their findings, the USPSTF does not recommend for or against taking vitamins or minerals alone, in pairs, or as a multivitamin to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer.
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