Are you religiously taking your vitamins? Don’t let them take the place of a proper diet or become the be-all and end-all in disease protection, reports TIME.

Experts from the US Preventive Services Task Force analyzed 26 studies which delved into the effect of multivitamins on a person’s health from 2005 to 2013.

They found that healthy individuals who take vitamins to ward of fatal conditions may not get the results that they are hoping for. In fact, one study shows that omega-3 supplements may not actually lower heart attack, stroke, or heart disease risk.

Researchers report that vitamins may be reliant on other compounds found in their natural state of which the pills may have been unintentionally stripped off of during the manufacturing process.

However, it is unclear whether the protective benefits of these supplements may be more prevalent in those who are at high risk for heart issues and cancer.

For better overall health, researchers still recommend eating a well-balanced diet of low-fat dairy, lean proteins, and fruits and vegetables. Seeing a doctor regularly may also be a good way to keep track of your health.

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