Saturday, April 17, 2010

Vitamin Overload

About one-third of children and teens in the United States take vitamin and mineral supplements, even though most may not need them, suggests a study at the University of California Davis School of Medicine.  Analysis of data on more than 10,000 kids ages 2 to 17 showed that kids with healthier diets and higher socioeconomic status were more likely to take supplements than children who are actually at risk for nutritional deficiencies.  The researchers warn that multivitamins for older children and adolescents are not regulated by the FDA and may cause side effects such as nausea, abdominal pain and liver abnormalities.

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