Are you among the millions who pop a multi-vitamin pill daily? Then, there is some bad news for you as a new study claims it is nothing but "a waste of money".
The six-year-long study involving over 8,000 people by a team at Nancy University in France found that those taking multi-vitamin supplements were just as likely to develop heart disease or cancer as those who took a dummy pill.
And when they were questioned on how healthy they felt, there was hardly any difference between the two groups, the researchers said in a report published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Experts said the study, one of the most extensive carried out into vitamin pills, suggested that millions of consumers may be wasting their money on supplements. Many users fall into the category of the "worried well", or the healthy adults who believe the pills will insure them against deadly illnesses, according to Catherine Collins of St George's Hospital in London.
Multi-vitamin pills have become increasingly popular as a quick and easy way of topping up the body's nutrient levels.