Sixty-eight year-old Debra Rapoport takes vitamins and minerals everyday -- and has been for most of her life. "I take C, D and B12," she said.
Many people believe daily supplements will keep them healthy, but a panel of experts reviewing three studies on multivitamins finds no evidence supplements prevent chronic disease or death and they should be avoided.
"There is really no evidence of benefit and there is evidence of harm," said Dr. Edgar Miller with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. "Our recommendation is don't waste your money."
Previous research has shown beta carotene, vitamin E and possibly high doses of Vitamin A can increase death, and that other antioxidants have no benefits.
About half the people in the U.S. take multivitamins. It's a massive industry taking in about $30 billion dollars a year. The council for responsible nutrition disagrees with the latest review and argues supplements are an appropriate option for consumers who aren't getting enough nutrients from food.
Doctor Robert Graham with Lenox Hill Hospital agrees. "There might be an argument to continue taking a multi to replace or supplement your not healthy diet," he said.
Debra eats healthy and has no plans to stop taking supplements. "I have energy, I sleep well, so I figure it it ain't broke, don't fix it," she said.
Adriana Diaz - CBS News
PO Box 4508