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Should private medical cover policy holders stay away from vitamin pills?

Published on 20/12/2010
New research suggests that those with private medical cover may be better off staying away from vitamin supplements.

According to consumer watchdog Which?, the mislabelling of such products coupled with misleading or insufficient information means that many people may be taking them unnecessarily or even harming their health by doing so.

Which? visited a number of supermarkets, chemists and smaller health shops in London in October and found that in may cases vitamin pill products made unsubstantiated claims, reports the Press Association.

Furthermore, it found high-strength supplement products containing vitamin B6 and beta-carotene on sale, without the recommended warnings that taking too much of them could be harmful.

Chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith said: "We're concerned that people are being taken for a ride, needlessly paying a premium for many products on the basis of health claims that haven't been backed up by scientific evidence."

Which? is now calling on the European Commission to release a list of accepted and rejected claims made by supplement producers so that consumers can be better informed.

Research by the Food Standards Agency in 2008 found that a third (31 per cent) of people take vitamin and mineral supplements.
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