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Vitamin D Deficiency Almost Epidemic

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

While the optimum amount of vitamin D is still subject to debate, a new study finds one thing for certain; over six million American children are getting too little of this essential nutrient. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children obtain blood levels of vitamin D of at least 50 while for adults 75 to 100 could lower the risk of heart disease and specific cancers. Based on this data researchers found that 6.3 million US children, almost one in five, were deficient in vitamin D. Of interest, 80% of Hispanics, 92% of blacks, and 59% of white children were found to be vitamin D deficient.
The body naturally produces vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sun. In addition the intestines, liver, and kidney all work in conjunction with the skin to form the ultimate end product: vitamin D3, otherwise known as cholecalciferol.
Only a few foods contain vitamin D including salmon and egg yolks. In addition milk and some cereals are fortified with vitamin D. It seem prudent in the wake of the recent information that not only children but adults as well would benefit by taking a vitamin D3 supplement

Source: Institute For Healthy Living February 24,2010


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