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Vitamins in health and aging.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15182881     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
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    
The Division of Geriatric Medicine, Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, 1402 South Grand Boulevard, M238, Saint Louis, MO 63104, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Aging / physiology*
Antioxidants / therapeutic use*
Dietary Supplements*
Geriatric Assessment
Health Status*
Nutritional Requirements
Vitamins / therapeutic use*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antioxidants; 0/Vitamins

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