Importance of vitamin D
Updated: Oct 14, 2008 04:04 PM MDT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The nation's pediatricians are calling for a double dose of Vitamin D. But what exactly does that mean when it comes to feeding your child.
Children need about four cups of vitamin D fortified milk every day in order to get 400 units of vitamin D - that's the new, higher amount now recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. One reason for the new recommendation is that kids are suffering more fractures than they used to.
Dr. Lucy Holmes, Pediatrician, from UB/Kaleida Health said, "Perhaps the reason why kids may be getting more fractures is because their bones aren't that strong, and that is because they're not drinking enough milk or at least being supplemented with enough vitamin D and also eating enough calcium."
And bone health isn't the only benefit of vitamin D.
"Poor vitamin D levels might actually affect your immune system, so you'd be susceptible to more infectious diseases." Read More
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