Why was this study done?

While eating a healthy diet is a goal for many people, they often fall short of supplying all the nutrients they need. This study was designed to investigate how supplementing with a multivitamin might affect blood chemistries.

What did the study find?

While the study found no changes to common blood screen (including cholesterol and triglycerides), it did find a substantial reduction in below-normal serum indicators of vitamin status.

Multivitamin-mineral supplementation: effects on blood chemistries of college-age women
Authors: Spiller GA, Pattison TS, Jensen CD, Wong LG, Whittam JH, Scala J. Acta Vitaminol Enzymol. 1985;7(3-4):217-22.
PubMed Citation PMID: 4091151.
PDF Manuscript: Acta Vitaminol Enzymol, 1985.

Earlier Abstract:

Spiller GA, et al. Some Effects of Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation in Healthy Young Women. Fed Proc, 1985. 44(4):1283.PDF Abstract: Fed Proc, 1985.