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Statement on vitamin and mineral supplements

, : Statement on vitamin and mineral supplements. Journal of nutrition 117(10): 1649

A position statement approved by the American Institute of Nutrition and the American Society for Clinical Nutrition provides recommendations concerning the health aspects of vitamin and mineral supplements. The statement urges that: healthy adults and children should obtain their vitamin and mineral requirements from dietary sources rather than by supplementation. Supplementation is appropriate in certain situations for pregnant or lactating women, women with excessive menstrual bleeding (Fe supplements), people with very low calorie intakes, some vegetarians, newborns (vitamin K), and people with certain diseases or disorders or taking certain medications; and that megadose supplements may be toxic and may interfere with normal metabolism, other nutrients, and prescribed medications. It is stated that there is no demonstrated benefit to self supplementation beyond vitamin and mineral RDA's.


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