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Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Supplements and Autism Ranking: Insufficient/Mixed evidence

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According to Bazian (2011), “…nearly a third of people in the UK take some vitamin, mineral or dietary supplement on most days, and about 15% of us report having taken a “high dose” supplement in the last 12 months.”

Healthcare providers recommend that certain specific groups of people should take specific supplements.  For example according to NHS Choices (2016), the Department of Health recommends certain supplements for some groups of people who are at risk of deficiency. These include

  • Folic acid supplements for all women thinking of having a baby or any pregnant women up to week 12 of their pregnancy.
  • Vitamin D supplements for everyone over the age of five (including pregnant and breastfeeding women), particularly between October and March.
  • Supplements containing vitamins A, C and D for all children aged six months to five years old.
  • Supplements if you need them for a medical condition. For example, you may be prescribed iron supplements to treat iron deficiency anaemia.

Some researchers (such as Adams et al, 2011) have suggested that some individuals on the autism spectrum are a specific group of people who are likely to benefit from taking multi-vitamin/mineral supplements because they are likely to have a range of nutritional and metabolic problems.

Updated
19 Dec 2017
Last Review
01 Nov 2017
Next Review
01 Nov 2020