by Kahtia Hall, Eyewitness News
Photo: U.S. Air Force, file, via MGN
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in Kern County, averaging 984 deaths per year.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department is working to bring those numbers down by targeting obesity through healthy eating.
While many have taken multivitamins as an alternative to eating healthy and exercising regularly, recent research by Journal Circulation shows multivitamins should not be used as a substitute.
The group of researchers analyzed 2 million people over a 12-year period and found that multivitamins will not reduce your risk of heart attacks, strokes or cardiovascular death.
Eyewitness News spoke with local cardiologist, Deepa Nandyal with Kaiser Permanente, who said she never recommends multivitamins to patients.
"Over and over again it's been demonstrated that multivitamins really do not help,” Nandyal said. “It's just a waste of money, and it's better to invest your dollars in buying fruits and vegetables, which have vitamins and minerals in their natural form.”
"It's much easier to pop a pill than hitting the gym or getting up in the morning and going for that run or purchasing those fruits and vegetables, but unfortunately there is no magic bullet for health," she said.