Dr. Barry Hainer talks about whether multi-vitamins or mineral supplements are necessary for children and teenagers.
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Dr. Barry Hainer: Multivitamins and administration of mineral and supplements to children are in general unnecessary with a healthy diet we have more than adequate vitamins provided for normal and minerals for normal growth and development. There are rare exceptions for children with some specific health problems or conditions or trouble with absorption because of intestinal difficulties but this is not your average child. This would be a very special child who would have selected vitamin and multivitamin needs. When we get into adolescence and potential for child bearing this is really the first time when supplement vitamins are recommended and that would be for a young woman who is in the child bearing and ages and teens would fit that category. Efficient be receiving some Folic Acid or Folic supplement to reduce the risk of and even if it’s an unintended in pregnancy if one occur is of having a child born with a group of conditions we call Neuro-Tube Defects which involve now development of the brain or of the spinal cord and the coverings of the spinal cord. This is really the first time that we recommend vitamin supplements, bare in mind that vitamin A and vitamin D are added to our milk supply and those children who are drinking cows milk or receiving’s vitamin A and D supplements those are probably more critical for adolescence and older or adults but nonetheless I think it’s safe to say although there is probably know harm them by giving a single multivitamin tablet a day. There is probably little science to show that there is any benefit.