Vitamins and Minerals for Healthy Growth and Development
Vitamins and minerals, often referred to as micronutrients, are critical for several important bodily functions. Vitamins and minerals are not produced in the body, with the exception of vitamin D. Instead they are consumed through food or supplements.
- One in six US women is iron deficient during pregnancy; deficiency is higher among non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics.
- Fewer than one in five US women take a prenatal vitamin containing iodine during pregnancy.
- Globally more than half of children younger than 5 years old suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies.