Multiple supplements including vitamins and minerals were reviewed with the result that while some deliver benefits there was no resulting impact on overall survival. Even the Mediterranean Diet had significant impact only on those with high blood pressure. Reduced salt was also found to be helpful for those with high blood pressure.

This doesn’t mean that some couldn’t benefit from supplements, especially if your daily eating is lacking in nutrition or you fall into a risk group.

While he recognizes that more studies are needed, Dr. Khan’s advice to the American public is: “Don’t waste your money!” “These products are helpful in people with nutrient deficiencies to control symptoms,” Dr. Khan told ABC News. “For everyone else, they do not improve survival or cardiovascular health — focus on a healthy lifestyle instead.”

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