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68-year-old Debra Rapport takes vitamins and minerals everyday and has been for most of her life.

"I take C, D and B12."

Many people believe daily supplements will keep them healthy.

But a panel of experts reviewing 3 studies on multivitamins finds no evidence supplements prevent chronic disease or death and they should be avoided.

"There is really no evidence of benefit and there is evidence of harm. Our recommendation is don't waste your money," says Dr. Edgar Miller.

Previous research has shown beta carotene, vitamin E and possibly high doses of Vitamin A can increase death and that other antioxidants have no benefits.

About half the people in the U.S. take multi-vitamins. It's a massive industry taking in about $30 Billion a year.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition disagrees with the latest review and argues supplements are an appropriate option for consumers who aren't getting enough nutrients from food.

Dr. Robert Graham agrees.

"There might be an argument to continue taking a multi to replace or supplement your not healthy diet."

Debra eats healthy and has no plans to stop taking supplements.

"I have energy, I sleep well, so I figure it ain't broke don't fix it."

Researchers say the jury is still out on the health benefits of vitamin D and omega 3 supplements.

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