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Some El Pasoans still prefer multi-vitamin despite research
By: Ruben Veloz
El PASO, Texas -- If you're like half of all Americans in the country you probably take multivitamins to stay healthy, but new research shows multivitamins aren't doing anything for our health.
"They should probably continue their studies -- it doesn't sound right to me," said northeast El Pasoan Brian Ramos
Ramos said he is surprised that a medical journal is telling people not to waste their money on supplements, he takes certain vitamins for different health reasons.
"I've noticed difference in hair growth and nail growth and stuff like that, skin tone," said Ramos.
The advisory is based on several research studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Researchers said that taking daily multivitamins showed no proof that they could prevent chronic diseases or reduce heart disease.
"I do think they help, and I also think it's also you get what you pay for in the supplements market," said Ramos.
Researchers said two of the trials found a slight increase in heart health, but only in men.
Some El Pasoans said they'd rather not spend their money.
"I really don't believe in vitamins because I heard a lot of things that happens with vitamins," said west El Paso resident Carol Charter.
Studies estimate nearly half of all Americans take vitamin supplements.
West El Paso resident Tomas Carrilo said he needs them because he is allergic to certain foods.
"I think it makes you better completely, different vitamins help for different reasons," said Carrillo.
Although the study urges people not to waste their money on multivitamins, doctors who looked at this study said supplements can still help people who suffer from vitamin deficiencies.
The study does mention that some supplements may help people with certain medical conditions, such as pregnant women and the elderly, but it said eating fruits and vegetables is the only effective method.
"If you are interested in that you should research it and give it a trial -- and if they work -- go for it, it couldn't hurt," said Ramos
Health experts say you should consult with your doctor before you start or stop taking any supplement, especially if it's for a medical condition.