There is a growing concern over the regulation of children’s dietary supplements.
“It’s no surprise that some health advocates want supplements regulated like prescription drugs,” says Newsweek.
“Dietary supplement manufacturers and distributors are not required to obtain approval from the FDA before marketing their products, but they must register with the agency, make sure their products are safe, steer clear of misleading claims and follow ‘current good manufacturing practices’ (cGMPs).”
According to the news source, certain kinds of children’s supplements may contain: glucose syrup, corn syrup, sorbitol, shellac, soy, gelatin, sucrose and artificial flavoring. Some of these ingredients, according to doctors, may cause more harm than good.
“Sorbitol in excess is a laxative, and there is conflicting evidence on whether or not some artificial colors have been linked to ADHD,” says Dr. Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, OH.
What Can Be Done?
According to a Centers for Disease Control statistic, approximately 93-percent of children do not receive adequate nutrients each day by consuming vegetables.
“If your child is following a basic and balanced diet,” says Dr. Kadakkal in regard to vitamins, “there is no need.”