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Support for healthy hearts doesn’t have to be complicated, as these studies on multivitamins and calcium indicate.

Nutrients lower chances for cardiovascular disease

Multivitamins extend life in women

This is the first study of the effects of multivitamins/minerals (MVM) on chances for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women. Doctors looked specifically at CVD as a cause of death in women who did not have CVD—and who were at least 40 years old—at the start of the study.

The study covered 45,674 men and women, about one in five of whom used a vitamin supplement, and four in five took supplements daily.

While there was no link to multivitamins without minerals, MVM in men, or to the chances of dying from CVD overall, when doctors looked at women who had taken an MVM for more than three years, chances of having died from cardiovascular disease over the almost 19-year follow-up period were 35 percent lower compared to women who had not taken multivitamins/minerals over the long term.

Reference: Journal of Nutrition; January, 2015, Published Online

Calcium supplements OK for arteries

People take calcium to maintain bone health but some are concerned too much calcium could raise chances for arterial plaque and heart disease, especially in type 2 diabetes. In this study, doctors looked at the effect of calcium in the diet and from supplements on arterial calcification in 720 people with type 2 diabetes.

The researchers measured calcification in the coronary and carotid arteries, in the abdominal aorta, and also considered longevity. They found no link between calcium in the diet or from supplements and arterial plaque, and also no greater chances of dying from any cause. In fact, women who got calcium from diet and supplements were more likely to survive.

Reference: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 2014, Vol. 100, No. 4, 1029-35

Betsy’s Note: This article is provided for educational purposes only.  No part of this article is intended as medical advice. Always consult your health care provider for any medical problems and before beginning a supplement, especially if you have a medical condition or take prescription medications.

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