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Sunday, October 20, 2019
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Legislators Passes Bill For Multivitamins

Multivitamin Mandate

New law recognizes benefits of multivitamins

In passing the Older Americans Act Amendments of 20061, Congress officially acknowledged the benefits of a daily multivitamin.

In this law, Congress affirmed good nutrition is vital to good health, and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, macular degeneration, and cancer.

Older adults are particularly susceptible to nutrient deficiencies for a number of reasons, including a reduced capacity to absorb and utilize nutrients, difficulty chewing, loss of appetite, and limitations resulting from living on a fixed income.

Congress concluded that while diet is the preferred source of nutrition, evidence suggests the use of a single daily multivitamin-mineral supplement may effectively address nutritional gaps in the elderly population, especially the poor.

Multivitamin-mineral supplements, Congress explains, may help fill a specific identified nutrient gap not being met by the individual’s intake of food. Therefore, “use of a single daily multivitamin-mineral supplement can be a safe and inexpensive strategy to help ensure the nutritional health of older adults.”

These are important determinations because, citing statistics from the NIH (National Institutes of Health), Congress stated that approximately 40 percent of older adults living in the community are malnourished. Estimates rise for those in home care (20 to 60 percent) and those in nursing homes (40 to 85 percent ).

Specifically, Congress suggests that nutrition services funded by the government consider supplying a single, daily multivitamin-mineral supplement to help ensure the nutritional health of older adults. This appears to be the first time Congress has officially recognized the health benefits of a multivitamin-mineral supplement in this population.

1 Older Americans Act Amendments of 2006 (H.R. 6197)