FDA: Ban Multivitamins Containing Iron or Copper
The Physicians Committee is urging the Food and Drug Administration to require vitamin manufacturers to reformulate common multivitamins that contain iron or copper, due to possible links with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Physician Committee’s new report, Metals of Concern in Common Multivitamins, finds that common multivitamins, including One a Day Women’s 50+ Healthy Advantage and One a Day Women’s Active Metabolism, contain up to twice the amount of copper a person should consume in an entire day. In research studies, ingestion of copper and iron in even slightly elevated quantities is associated with increased risk of cognitive problems.
We need traces of iron and copper for health, but because most people already obtain these metals from everyday foods, the added amounts in multivitamins increase the risk for overdose,” Neal Barnard, M.D., president of the Physicians Committee, writes in a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D. “Given that nearly half of Americans develop Alzheimer’s disease by age 85, we need to urge consumers to err on the side of caution.”
Dr. Barnard requests the FDA works with vitamin manufactures to remove metals from the formulations.
“Research on the links between metals and brain damage is ongoing. Even so, the evidence that excess iron and copper contribute to brain deterioration has reached the point where we have to take it seriously,” says Dr. Barnard.
To read the report, visit PCRM.org/Multivitamins.