Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Multivitamins can reduce cancer risk and prolong your life?

This is one of those things that seems obvious. Anecdotally, if you eat a healthy and balanced diet which includes all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, low in saturated fat, and high in protein and fiber, well, you’re just going to feel healthier and live longer. Well, now there’s a little bit of science behind the common sense.

According to research, “.  .  .   a daily multivitamin can reduce the risk of cancer by at least eight percent in middle-aged and older men and appears to have no dangerous side-effects, according to the first large-scale, randomized study on the subject[i].”

While previous studies that relied on respondents to complete questionnaires about vitamin use yielded inconclusive results, The U.S. Physicians Health Study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health randomly assigned half the participants to take Pfizer’s Centrum Silver and the other half a placebo and monitored the participants during a ten year period. “The findings suggest that the biggest health benefit may come from a broad combination of dietary supplements[ii].”

Getting back to common sense, while the study suggests no real downside to taking a multivitamin, there’s really no down side to continuing (or starting) to eat a healthy and balanced diet at the same time. A few suggestions for a single father to create that diet include:

1)       Include at least one vegetable or fruit with every meal.

2)      If you don’t bring junk food home in your grocery bags, you and your children won’t eat it!

3)      Create a healthy snack bowl and a rule, “Anyone can take from the snack bowl any time!”

4)      Replace sugary drinks including soft drinks, fruit juices, and energy drinks with water or other no-sugar-added beverages.

5)      When you go out to eat, don’t order French fries.

For more ideas, in addition to taking a multivitamin and these five, simple healthy diet ideas, subscribe to The Single Father’s Guide Blog with your email address in the "FOLLOW BY EMAIL" section in the upper right corner of this page or get your own copy of The Single Father’s Guide to Life, Cooking,and Baseball!


[i]Daily multivitamin shown to help ward off cancer in men.” Deena Beasley. MedlinePlus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_130407.html Wednesday, October 17, 2012.
[ii]   “Daily multivitamin shown to help ward off cancer in men.” Deena Beasley. MedlinePlus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_130407.html Wednesday, October 17, 2012.

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