Supplement intake raises risk of cancer death

Decade-long study suggests taking nutritional supplements does not lead to a longer life

Dietary supplements won’t help people live longer or cancer-free, according to a major US study comparing nutrition gleaned from food with nutrition from supplements.

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In fact, excess nutrient intake from supplement use has been linked to an increased risk of dying from certain cancers, warn the authors.

The decade-long prospective cohort study of more than 27,000 US adults looked at the effect that diet, with and without supplements, had on deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer.

Fifty-one per cent of participants