In this study, researchers assessed the impact of daily multivitamin and mineral supplements on healthy people.
The research team performed a randomized, controlled trial.
|Colds or minor infections|
- multivitamin = 43%
- placebo = 73%
|Annals of Internal Medicine|
The team included 130 people aged over 45 years in the study.
Subjects received either a multivitamin or a placebo daily for 1 year.
The researchers found that 43% of individuals in the multivitamin group reported getting a cold or other minor infection, compared to 73% in the placebo group.
The team found a significant result in patients with type 2 diabetes.
In this group, 17% of patients in the multivitamin group reported getting an infection, compared to 93% in the placebo group.
A related editorial in the same publication states that although millions of Americans take multivitamin and mineral supplements, few studies have documented the benefits.