Vitamin D Benefits Babies and Children
Little by little the popular press is reporting on benefits of Vitamin D and recently the benefits to children specifically. Many of you already know about the benefits of Vitamin D in the prevention and recovery of women with breast cancer, or the studies done on Parkinson’s and diabetes. Now, leading pediatricians say that all children from newborns to teens should double the usually recommended amount of Vitamin D. There is evidence that it may actually prevent serious diseases.
Most Will Need Supplementation
To meet the new recommendations of 400 units daily most everyone will need to take a daily vitamin D supplement. This includes breast-feeding babies. In fact, breast fed babies tend to be more vitamin D deficient. Babies tend not to get much sunshine as pediatricians and dermatologists recommend keeping babies out of the sun for skin health reasons.
It is clear Americans are not getting enough vitamin D in their diets. Many teens have replaced milk with things like soda or coffee drinks and rarely eat vegetables or fish which are high in vitamin D.
Roundup Inhibits Vitamin D
Of course, a great source of vitamin D is natural sunlight. This requires 15-30 minutes a day in direct sunlight at most latitudes when the sun is high without sunscreen with significant amount of skin exposed. In a perfect world this would be enough but chemicals like glyphosate (active ingredient in Roundup that is in everyone’s blood stream) inhibits the body’s ability to make and utilize vitamin D. The list of problems caused by glyphostate is long but the interference with vitamin D is a good reason to avoid glyphosate at every point. That means look for free range, organic non-GMO products.
We Routinely Recommend 5000 IUs or More
The latest studies coming out indicate that vitamin D daily requirements are actually much higher than the recommended 400 units. Many are recommending 2000 units daily especially for adults with bone loss, diabetes or Parkinson’s.
(checked 2022 6 14)