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Vitamins in health and aging.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15182881     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The use of various dietary supplements, including vitamins, to prevent or delay disease or aging rests for the most part on epidemiological associations. It does appear from these data that a diet rich in vitamins is associated with a tendency to improved health; however, the results from controlled trials are dismal. The discrepancy between different types of studies is probably explained by the fact that dietary composition and supplement use is a component in a cluster of healthy behaviors. An alternative hypothesis is that there are as-yet-unknown essential organic compounds in certain foods. The most prudent approach is to recommend a daily intake of fruits and vegetables as a likely source of essential nutrients. Failing compliance with a natural source of essential nutrients, and in populations at high risk of vitamin deficiency, vitamin supplements should be encouraged.
Authors:
David R Thomas
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinics in geriatric medicine     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0749-0690     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Geriatr. Med.     Publication Date:  2004 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-08     Completed Date:  2004-11-30     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8603766     Medline TA:  Clin Geriatr Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  259-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
The Division of Geriatric Medicine, Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, 1402 South Grand Boulevard, M238, Saint Louis, MO 63104, USA. thomasdr@slu.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Aging / physiology*
Antioxidants / therapeutic use*
Dietary Supplements*
Female
Geriatric Assessment
Health Status*
Humans
Male
Nutritional Requirements
Vitamins / therapeutic use*
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antioxidants; 0/Vitamins

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