There are many teenagers in the US and other parts of the world who take vitamins and minerals, however that don’t really need to do so due to their appropriate nutritional intake and current health events reveal that those children or teenagers that really need to take these supplements cannot afford them due to the costs involved in the process.
Middle class children and teenagers are already been feed properly and they do not really need extra vitamins to have a balanced health and growth. However, children in the lower income line may not be able to get the appropriate amount of nutrition they require and at the same time they are unable to afford taking extra supplements.
The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend for children or teenagers to have vitamins on regular basis, however current health events have revealed that about a third of children in the US take vitamins daily.
The only exception has been given to Vitamin D. It is considered that most children don’t get enough of vitamin D in their diets. Vitamin D is present in milk, eggs, and fish however, the amounts required for the proper health of your child or teenager is not enough and you need to supplement them.
However, the main problem that current health events are now finding and emphasizing is the side effects that you can get from extra supplements. The effects can range from vomiting to more serious problems like damage to the kidneys. There are some fat soluble vitamins also that can create problems slowly and you won’t even understand as to where these problems are coming from in the first place.
However, the implementation of Vitamin D in your child’s diet can be very important for his growth as vitamin D is very important for calcium absorption. During the growth periods of your child, calcium plays and very important role in the creation of healthy bones, however without the proper amounts of vitamin D, it is very difficult for calcium to be properly absorbed into the body.
There are also recommendations for supplementation of calcium, however current health events have not give a clear stand on what could be the side effects that extra calcium can have in the body of the growing child.
Why is vitamin D and calcium so important to the child’s growth now? The current health events reveal that lack of calcium in the diet can create poor growth, muscle pain and weakness in children. This is especially true for children who have been breast feed since the mother’s milk, although it is considered to be the best for your child, does not contain the right amount of calcium that your child requires.
Trying to have a balanced diet in your family may be a very difficult project. However, with the help of the current health events and the information that you can get from the medical research and studies it becomes more possible to have a better understanding of the requirements of your family in general.