A just-released study of nearly 15,000 men over the age of 50 suggests that taking a daily supplemental multi-vitamin could reduce rates of cancer by about eight percent. Dr. Michael Gaziano, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and lead author of the study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Our study shows a modest but significant benefit in cancer prevention.”
So if a multivitamin prevents cancer because it provides a mix of nutrients similar to food, why not just eat more fruits and vegetables? Diets high in fruits and vegetables have been shown in observational studies to reduce the incidence of cancer and other chronic diseases.
Sadly only 1.5 percent of the public gets the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, according to Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center.