Does Age Affect Your Multivitamin Needs?


Many of us take a multivitamin on a daily basis.  Although it is in theory possible to get all the nutrients your body needs from your food, most of us like the reassurance of a multivitamin to fill in any deficiencies. But you may have noticed that there are multivitamins available nowadays aimed at different age groups.  So you may wonder if your nutritional needs change as you age or if it is just a marketing gimmick.

Vitamins and Minerals For Children

multivitaminsWhile children are growing and developing they need a wide range of nutrients to support the changes their bodies are going through.  Ideally they would be getting these from their meals but there are many reasons they might not be getting the full amount they need.  Children on regular medication, such as asthma suffers, may not be absorbing as many nutrients from their food as normal.  Children who are very picky eaters may be missing out on some vital nutrients.

Concern for children’s development has led the Department of Health in the UK to recommend that all children aged 6 months to 5 years are given vitamin supplements containing vitamins A, C and D every day. However caution is needed when giving children supplements as the effects could be adverse instead of beneficial.  Ideally, a food dairy would be kept and research done to work out which vitamins or minerals their diet is missing. Care has to be taken in checking if some of the food they eat has been fortified with nutrients, such as B vitamins, vitamin D, calcium and iron, as then there is a possibility of overdosing.  If possible it would be advisable to consult a professional.

Vitamins and Minerals For Teenagers

Rapid growth is still taking place through the teenage years with the added complications of puberty.  Pressure from the media and friends can lead to restrictive diets and over exercising.  Greater freedom and responsibility for what they eat can result in many teenagers indulging in junk food.  The pressures of taking exams and make major life choices can lead to high levels of …

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