Vitamins no panacea for healthy people

Vitamin and mineral supplements do not prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease or death in otherwise healthy individuals, a US systematic review has found.

The review of 26 studies by the US Preventive Services Task Force demonstrated no benefit of supplements ranging from vitamins A, C and E to calcium, zinc, magnesium, beta-carotene and selenium, when taken by healthy people.

"We found no consistent evidence that the included supplements affected cardiovascular disease, cancer,