A major Swedish study (see American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) has associated daily multivitamin intake with an increased risk in breast cancer.
Sweden’s Karolinska Institute monitored thirty five thousand women over a period of ten years, and it was found that women who took a daily multivitamin (containing Vitamin C, E and B-Carotene) had a 19% increased risk of breast cancer.
The evidence the study uses to support its claim is not strong enough to conclude that multivitamins may trigger cancer. Whilst the role of multivitamins in the prevention of heart disease and cancer is also inconclusive, there are too many other factors that may have influenced the study’s results. Some of these factors include the:
Something else to keep in mind is that the findings fail to report whether the multivitamin administered to participants derived from synthetic (coal tar derivatives) or natural sources (such as fruit and vegetables). Scientists in Finland and at the University of California have linked synthetic vitamins with decreased protection against diseases such as cancer and stroke (as published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine).
Rather than cut out your daily multivitamin, read the following easy steps to lessen your risk of breast cancer: