A new study just published in the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, found better health persisting into older age with consistent use of Multiple Dietary Supplements. Although no causal link was proven in this study, it is good news for the implementation of a healthy aging strategy.
This study used data from the 2007 – 2010 NHANES (National Health and Examination Survey). This survey found that participants who used Multiple Dietary Supplements daily had improved cardiometabolic health profiles when compared to the general population. The 5 most popular supplements seen in the survey data were Multiple Vitamin/Mineral Supplements, Calcium, Fish Oil (Omega-3), Vitamin C and Botanical Supplements. This study defined Multiple Dietary Supplement use to include using at least 2 supplements daily. The NHANES data also looked at groups of participants that took only 1 Multivitamin once a day or who supplemented another “Single Purpose” supplement or participants who did not take any daily supplements.
Another study used for this review was a 2007 study which included 287 participants considered to be long term Multiple Dietary Supplement users (LTMDS). These participants had been taking supplements for as many as 20 years. This new study took the data from over 230 of these LTMDS participants 10 years after this original study. After some data issues, researchers looked at samples from 156 LTMDS. Using blood samples researchers measured total cholesterol (plasma), LDS cholesterol (calculated), HDL cholesterol (plasma), triglycerides (plasma), insulin (serum ), glucose (serum for LTMDS and plasma for NHANES), high sensitivity CRP (plasma), and the prevalence of elevated hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) and diabetes.
The findings of the study showed that the Long Term Multiple Dietary Supplement users experienced significant benefits which included reductions in measures of fasting glucose levels and LDL cholesterol levels. Additionally researchers found that the benefits they observed in earlier studies persisted after another 10 years.
Researchers concluded that individuals who supplemented with Multiple Dietary Supplements seem to experience cardiometabolic benefits consistent with earlier observations made in the Long Term Multiple Dietary Supplement studies.
Further research is needed to delve further into these findings.
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