This year we learned the importance of vitamin D in children, and that many of them lack the necessary amount for good health. I wrote this post back in October about the increase in daily vitamin D amounts for children.
But did you know that vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to an increase in heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and an increased death rate?
According to Webmd.com:
“‘Our results make it much more clear that all men and women concerned about their overall health should more closely monitor their blood levels of vitamin D and make sure they have enough,’ says researcher Erin Michos, MD, in a news release. Michos is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and its Heart and Vascular Institute.
To increase one’s vitamin D, a person can get direct exposure to sunlight, take supplements, and eat foods rich in vitamin D including milk, salmon, cod liver oil, mackerel, tuna or sardines canned in oil, egg yolks, and calf or beef liver.”
Of course, you can supplement too, or make sure that vitamin D is in higher amounts in your child’s multivitamin.
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