Study shows teens may need vitamin and mineral supplements – 5
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. A new study has found that children ages 2-8 on average are less likely to need dietary supplements than teens. Dr. Regan Bailey, at the NIH says some children taking supplements were actually consuming nutrients in excess.
Bailey: For those nutrients, it was folic acid, zinc, retinol, and iron.
Narrator: She recommends that parents talk with their child’s pediatrician, dietician or health care professionals to meet, without exceeding, dietary needs. For more on this study, and how to achieve the recommended levels of nutrients for children and teens, visit www.ods.od.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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