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Vitamin D 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.

To meet the new recommendations of 400 units daily most everyone will need to take a daily vitamin D supplement. This includes even breast-feeding babies. 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.

Of course the best source of vitamin D is natural sunlight. But this requires fifteen minutes a day in direct sunlight without sunscreen. For most people this is not a reasonable option, especially in the winter!

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.

Fortunately, Vitamin D is easy and inexpensive to supplement. At we have several quality Vitamin D options including an excellent option by Zahler. Give us a call at 877-465-0844 if you have questions about which one is best for you and your family .