The role of vitamin and mineral supplements in children

  • Roslynn Van Schoor
Keywords: vitamines, minerals, supplements, children


Children undergo significant social, cognitive and physical development during their pre- and primary school years. It is therefore important that they have a sufficient intake of nutrients to support this growth and allow them to lead active, healthy lives. Nutrients such as iron, calcium, zinc, folate, as well as vitamins A, D, and B complex are central to this development.1 If children are able to follow a healthy diet, there is no need for them to take vitamin and mineral supplements.1,2 However, in cases where this is not possible, or a child has increased nutritional needs due to deficiency or illness, supplements may be beneficial.3