Vitamin A is a wolf in sheep’s clothing for SA’s kids

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Vitamin A is a wolf in sheep’s clothing for SA’s kids

After shocking findings in the Northern Cape, researchers call for an end to vitamin A supplementation

Cape Town bureau chief

Two-thirds of preschoolers in an area of the Northern Cape where sheep livers are a staple food have toxic levels of vitamin A in their bloodstream.

The finding is one of the factors that have sparked a call from leading researchers for an end to routine vitamin A supplementation for children between the ages of six months and five years.

Writing in the December issue of the SA Medical Journal (http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/12785), the medics – including David Sanders, the late emeritus professor of health at the University of the Western Cape, who died earlier this year – call for a “bold” decision by policymakers...

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