A look back at the most popular health articles of 2017. Here is the report: “Top Five Deadly Vitamins” Summary: High-dose vitamin and mineral supplements were once promoted as ways to prevent heart disease, aging, and cancer. To the contrary, recent research has shown that excessive vitamin and mineral consumption sometimes shortens life. Using evidence from scores of clinical trials we generate a list of five vitamin and mineral supplements that have been shown to be harmful to an otherwise healthy person when consumed in excess. [Note: This article was extensively updated on Nov 2, 2017]. This article first appeared on LongevityFacts.com. Follow us on Google+ | Facebook | Reddit. Author: Brady Hartman. Recent research shows that some vitamin or mineral supplements are hazardous to your health.