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Vitamin D supplementation: are multivitamins sufficient?

Vitamin D supplementation: are multivitamins sufficient?
Vitamin D supplementation: are multivitamins sufficient?
Background: Public Health England advises 400 IU/day vitamin D supplementation for children over 1 year. Commercially available children’s multivitamin and vitamin D supplements were surveyed to determine the vitamin D content.
Methods: multivitamins and vitamin D supplements marketed at children <12 years and sold by nine UK supermarkets and health supplement retailers were surveyed. Vitamin D content was determined from manufacturer’s websites and product packaging.
Results: 67 multivitamins were surveyed, containing 0–800 IU/day vitamin D. Only 25%–36%, depending on the child’s age, provided ≥400 IU/day vitamin D. Supplements containing only vitamin D or labelled as for ‘healthy bones’ typically had higher vitamin D content (57%–67% contained ≥400 IU/day).
Conclusions: few multivitamin products supply the recommended 400 IU/day vitamin D. Clinicians need to be aware of this when recommending vitamin D supplementation and advise parents/carers to choose a product that contains ≥400 IU/day vitamin D.
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Moon, Rebecca, Curtis, Elizabeth, Cooper, Cyrus, Davies, Justin and Harvey, Nicholas (2019) Vitamin D supplementation: are multivitamins sufficient? Archives of Disease in Childhood. (doi:10.1136/archdischild-2018-316339).

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Abstract

Background: Public Health England advises 400 IU/day vitamin D supplementation for children over 1 year. Commercially available children’s multivitamin and vitamin D supplements were surveyed to determine the vitamin D content.
Methods: multivitamins and vitamin D supplements marketed at children <12 years and sold by nine UK supermarkets and health supplement retailers were surveyed. Vitamin D content was determined from manufacturer’s websites and product packaging.
Results: 67 multivitamins were surveyed, containing 0–800 IU/day vitamin D. Only 25%–36%, depending on the child’s age, provided ≥400 IU/day vitamin D. Supplements containing only vitamin D or labelled as for ‘healthy bones’ typically had higher vitamin D content (57%–67% contained ≥400 IU/day).
Conclusions: few multivitamin products supply the recommended 400 IU/day vitamin D. Clinicians need to be aware of this when recommending vitamin D supplementation and advise parents/carers to choose a product that contains ≥400 IU/day vitamin D.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 November 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 25 February 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 428633
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/428633
ISSN: 0003-9888
PURE UUID: c543b16f-75ca-4b30-925f-32088580baa4
ORCID for Elizabeth Curtis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5147-0550
ORCID for Cyrus Cooper: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3510-0709
ORCID for Nicholas Harvey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8194-2512

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Date deposited: 05 Mar 2019 17:30
Last modified: 23 Jul 2019 00:26

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