No Matter How You Supplement, Cosmo, You’re Still Going to Die

A little reminder, from Ronald Bailey at Reason magazine, that there continues to be no evidence that vitamin supplementation improves health or increases longevity. Here’s his summary of two recent medical studies:

One finding is that men in the prostate cancer study who took vitamin E were slightly more likely to get prostate cancer than those who did not. The second study involved thousands of older women and found that the use of multivitamins, vitamin B6, folic acid, iron, magnesium, zinc and copper were all associated with increased risk of death.

A good definition of a superstition is “a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation.” As data accumulate, taking megadoses of vitamins looks more and more like a superstition. 

Translation: nobody gets out alive.

If you’re curious, by the way, as to what the title of this post is alluding to, it’s a line from the 1980s movie, Moonstruck, in which an elderly woman, suspecting her elderly husband of cheating on her, says to him the following:

No matter what it is you’re up to, Cosmo, you’re still going to die.

That, to my mind, is one of the great lines in all of movie history.

Personally, I plan to continue mega-supplementing with vitamin D. Of all the vitamins, it’s the one that actually seems to have data supporting its value when taken, over time, in relatively large doses.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to No Matter How You Supplement, Cosmo, You’re Still Going to Die

  1. Paradigm says:

    Interesting about vitamin D. Of course my pallor gives me a higher synthesis (I knew it was good for something) but my supplement is only 400 IE as recommended by the pharmacies. I think I’ll put that tip in my Swedish blog (with a link of course).

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