Those over 50 who were otherwise healthy and taking one or both supplements experienced the same number of heart disease related events and invasive cancers as those who were taking a placebo each day – Harvard University researchers found.
Health experts said they hoped the findings would counteract the claims of some of the most widely used supplements and stop the public thinking the pills can be a quick fix to mitigate the impact of poor diet and unhealthy lifestyles.
‘By and large the marketing of supplements is done very cleverly but it’s not backed up by evidence’ Naveed Sattar – a professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow – told The Independent.
‘Most people buying supplements are giving themselves very expensive urine.
They’re wasting their time and getting false reassurance of protection from these supplements when what they need is help to look at improving their lifestyles in ways which are enjoyable and sustainable’.