VIT FOR PURPOSE?
The most popular vitamin and mineral supplements provide no consistent health benefit or harm, suggests a new study. It
2 found that multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C showed no advantage or risk in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack or premature death. However, runners may still benefit from taking vitamin D tablets in winter. ‘It’s difficult to get enough vitamin D through diet,’ says dietitian Renee Mcgregor (reneemcgregor.com). ‘We make it in our bodies via sunlight but this is tricky in the UK. Vitamin D plays a big part in bone health, muscle recovery, immune health, fatigue and mood, so runners can benefit from a supplement through the winter months.’
Eat yourself healthy: the table above lists some real-food alternatives to stocking up on the supplements