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Supplement and Children

11.15.2012

Over one-third of American children are not meeting calcium and vitamin D recommendations

The data, published in The Journal of Pediatrics , may have implications for reformulating dietary supplements forchildren,

Comment indicates that Calcium and vitamin deficiency is not only important in elderly women but a large segment of children”.

The solution is modest fortification and personalized supplementation. Industry takes this data seriously.

Key findings

Analyzed data is from 7,250 children aged between 2 and 18. Results showed that 21% of under two-year olds received supplements, rising to 42% to children aged between 2 and 8.

Supplement use for the age groups 9 to 13, and 14 to 18 was 29 and 26%, respectively, they added.

Worryingly, the intakes of calcium and vitamin D were low for all children, and more than a one-third of children failed to meet calcium and vitamin D recommendations.

In addition, non-supplement user children had a significantly higher prevalence of inadequate intakes of calcium,

Dietary supplement use in children remains a controversial strategy to improve nutrient intakes because, even though their use is associated with lower prevalence of inadequate intakes, it is also associated with an increase drisk of excessive intakes

For this reason, it has been reviously suggested that dietary supplement manufacturers better tailor the levels micronutrients in supplements to help achieve a balance between nutrient adequacy and excess.


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