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Question: Amino Acid supplement for a 10 year old boy

 Mspjam - Mon May 04, 2009 8:22 pm

My husband wants to give my son an amino acid supplement. My son is 10 and is very thin. He is very active and is involved in sports. He is on Vyvanse 50mg for ADD which suppresses his appetite. He eats breakfast but after he takes his Vyvanse, he eats little throughout the rest of the day. His weight and blood pressure are monitored monthly because he's on Vyvanse. I give him chewable vitamins every day. My husband wants to give him 1 tablet which is about 1,300mg of a super concentrated amino acid complex. When I read the bottle it says things like "Muscle growth accelerant" but my husband says this is not a steroid. When my husband was an older teen ager he said he took amino acid supplements and that "it will not hurt my son". I can't help but worry and want a doctor to confirm for me. Can this tablet hurt him? What are the side effects?
 MrBones - Sat May 16, 2009 10:22 am

Who knows what's really in most "supplements?" I would not give a 10 year old any aa supplement. A healthy diet is all he needs. If Dad wants to increase his protein, there are many protein bars on the market, or you can have him drink Boost or Pediasure to add healthy calories to his diet.

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