According to a cross-sectional study appearing in Nutrition Journal (2007 Oct 24:6(1):30 e-published ahead of print), people who take multiple supplements have fewer health problems than those who do not. Researchers obtained information about 278 long term supplement users through questionnaires and physical examinations. They compared the health of the subjects to 800 people who did not take supplements, or who used single nutrients sporadically.

The subjects taking multiple supplements were less likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure or have high levels of inflammatory blood markers like homocysteine or C – reactive protein. Non-supplement takers tended to have higher triglyceride and LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels than those who took multiple supplements.