Vitamin supplements only necessary until the age of 5, says study

NHS study suggests there are no benefits to adults taking vitamin pills and say after the age of 5, most people get enough nutrients in their normal diet


Vitamin supplements could be a waste of money, according to a new survey by NHS Choices.


Vitamin and mineral supplements have been found to have limited or no effect on the health of most people, because we’re getting the right amount of the important nutrients in our diets.

“There are plenty of people buying vitamin supplements but, surprisingly, only certain groups are considered to benefit from taking them,” the report explained.

One of these groups is children aged 6 months to 5 years. The report recommends they take a multivitamin that includes vitamins A, C and D. Other groups included OAPs, those with darker skin and those who don’t get to spend much time in the sun, who all benefit from a vitamin D boost.

But for the rest of us, it seems that supplements may be a waste of money. “If you fall outside these groups and buy vitamin pills then the chances are that you will be spending your money on surplus amounts of vitamins you’ve already gained through your diet,” the report added.

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