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Micronutrients in children's diets

Children's diets should be varied and balanced, with plenty of fruit and vegetables. So far, so good. In practice, it is sometimes not that easy to motivate children to eat a healthy diet. As a result, many parents worry whether their children are getting enough vitamins and minerals. The uncertainty is understandable at first, as essential micronutrients are much needed. However, scientific studies show that the nutrient supply of children and adolescents in Germany is good overall.

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Omega-3 fatty acid supplements can increase the risk of atrial fibrillation in heart patients

Taking preparations containing omega-3 fatty acids can increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, a disorder of the heart rhythm, in people with existing or impending heart disease. This is the result of an evaluation of several clinical studies by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). In these studies, the patients took either omega-3 fatty acid-containing medicines or food supplements.

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The internet portal provides information on vitamins, minerals and numerous other substances that we ingest with food or that are offered as food supplements. Among other things, the following questions are answered: Which foods contain particularly large amounts of a certain substance? Why does the body need a certain substance? What are the consequences of a vitamin or mineral deficiency and what are the health risks of an over-supply? In addition, the individual pages contain the maximum levels of vitamins and minerals in food supplements and in fortified foods as recommended by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

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