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New study says healthy people unlikely to benefit from Vitamin-D

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Ever see those gargantuan bottles of vitamins on sale at Walgreen's, C-V-S, and Costco? There's a reason they dedicate the shelf space.

Vitamins are a gargantuan business. Americans spend 28-billion dollars a year on them. But their effectiveness, in many cases, has been coming into question.

The latest vitamin losing some luster is Vitamin-D. It had started to be viewed as a "wonder supplement." Studies suggested it built strong bones, healthier hearts, eased depression and lowered the risk of cancer.

But with another day, comes another study. The latest is from researchers in New Zealand.

They looked at the effectiveness of Vitamin-D on people who are healthy and taking it for preventative reasons.

The study concludes healthy people are very unlikely to get a benefit from Vitamin-D. It specifically found no significant deterrent to heart attacks, strokes, or cancer, or even bone fractures.

Which side you're on in the Vitamin-D debate may come down to your interpretation of medical semantics.

Other studies have linked low Vitamin-D levels to cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

If they're right, the question, then, seems to become whether Vitamin-D supplements do an effective job of restoring Vitamin-D levels.

It's important to note that experts agree Vitamin-D is helpful in specific circumstances where someone's health is at risk. For example, Vitamin-D is still believed to help prevent elderly people from falling.

It's also been linked to reduce hip fractures in nursing home patients. Certain groups of younger folks might also benefit from it as well.

Similar to all medical stories, the best thing to do is talk with your doctor about it.

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