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Vitamin Intervention Could Save a Million Lives Annually

Nutritional Supplements

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  • A series of interventions -- half of them involving micronutrients -- could save close to 1 million lives every year among those suffering from a chronic lack of vitamins and minerals
  • Maternal multiple micronutrient supplementation, energy protein supplements, and calcium supplementation during pregnancy, along with salt iodization, are estimated to save 102,000 lives a year
  • Vitamin A and zinc supplementation for children are estimated to save 145,000 lives a year
  • Promotion of early and exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, and continued breastfeeding for 24 months, is estimated to save 221,000 lives a year
  • In the US, many people are also suffering from unidentified nutritional deficiencies, often due to consuming an overly processed diet

By Dr. Mercola

A chronic lack of vitamins and minerals is a leading cause of death in the developing world. The so-called 'hidden hunger' impacts 2 billion people around the globe, costing $180 billion a year and leading to millions of deaths.


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