Multi-vitamins: A "Waste of Money?"

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(UNDATED)- A newly published editorial about vitamins is getting a lot of attention.

In this week's Annals of Internal Medicine, a controversial piece claims that dietary supplements and vitamins are a waste of money.  The editorial says taking supplements offers no benefit when it comes to preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer, or a second heart attack.  The study also shows that multi-vitamins don't prevent mortality or improve cognitive function in men older than 65.

The National Products Association, which represents vitamin manufacturers and retailers, responded by saying that multi-vitamins address people's nutritional deficiencies, but are not "the answer to all life's ailments, as the editorial suggests."