Micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) supplementation for the elderly, suggested by a special committee nominated by Ministry of Health

Y. Dror*, F. Stern, Y. N. Berner, N. A. Kaufmann, E. Berry, Y. Maaravi, H. Altman, A. Cohen, A. Leventhal, D. N. Kaluski

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

Abstract

The elderly tend to be at a higher risk for nutritional deficiencies and in particular for micronutrient deficiencies. A committee nominated by Ministry of Health examined the relevant literature and the local recommendations as well as the recommendations from other countries and suggested a daily special micronutrient supplementation for institutionalized elderly. The preparatory will contain about half the RDA for most of the micronutrients, except for fluorine that is recommended at a lower level and biotin, vitamins D, C, B12 as well as zinc, copper and molybdenum at a level higher than half the RDA. Major elements such as calcium, are not included in the preparatory and would be supplied separately when needed. Vitamin K and iron are excluded as well. The suggested preparatory composition, mg: vitamin A, 0.450; vitamin D, 0.015; vitamin E, 10; thiamin, 0.6 Pound riboflavin, 0.7; biotin, 0.030; pantothenic acid, 3; niacin, 8; vitamin C, 60; vitamin B6, 0.8; folic acid, 0.120; vitamin B12, 0.0024; choline up to 275; zinc, 8; copper, 0.9; fluorine, 0.5; manganese, 1.2; chromium 0.020; molybdenum, 0.045; selenium, 0.030; and iodine, 0.075. Fat-soluble vitamins should be microencapsulated. Micronutrient supplementation is part of Ministry of Health balanced nutrition policy. The committees recommendations are also applicable for the free-living elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1062-1067, 1117
JournalHarefuah
Volume140
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2001
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) supplementation for the elderly, suggested by a special committee nominated by Ministry of Health'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this