Food for Thought
Are you giving your kids a multivitamin every day to keep them healthy? You may want to reconsider that position in light of recent findings by ConsumerLab.com, a consumer watchdog group that recently studied the ingredients in 29 different multivitamins.
According to a news release issued by the group, three of the four popular children’s multivitamins that were studied exceeded the Upper Tolerable Intake Level (UL) for vitamin A (in the form of retinol). Excess intake of this vitamin in this form can cause nausea and blurred vision and may over time lead to bone softening and liver problems.
In some multivitamins the lab also detected levels of niacin and zinc that exceeded the government’s ULs. Excess niacin can cause skin tingling and flushing, whereas high levels of zinc can lead to immune deficiency and anemia, according to a ConsumerLab media release dated March 31.