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The Committee on Youth and Adolescence of the American Academy of Pediatrics Chapter 2- District II, New York recommends the following nutritional supplements for adolescents:

  1. All women of childbearing age should consume at least 400 mcg of folic acid a day to prevent birth defects of the spine or brain in future pregnancies. Most common multivitamins contain 400 mcg of folic acid. If a daily multivitamin is taken, it should contain no more than 100% of the Dietary Recommended Intake of the major vitamins.
  2. Boys and girls should consume 1200-1500 mg calcium each day. This is best achieved by increasing the amount of dairy products and calcium-fortified cereals and juices in the diet. If this dietary intake cannot be met, a calcium supplement should be considered. The total amount of calcium consumed in a day should not exceed 1500mg.


  1. CDC website www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid.
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition 1999. Calcium requirements of infants, children and adolescents. Pediatrics 104, 1152-1157.
  3. Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes for calcium, Phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin D and fluoride. 1997. Washington DC. National Academy Press.

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