Sunday, January 22, 2006

Vitamin D During Pregnancy May Prevent Osteoporosis

Vitamin D keeps your bones strong. This benefit also extends to children whose mothers maintained optimum vitamin D levels during their pregnancies, according to a new study.

Researchers tracked the health of some 200 British children born from 1991-92, along with the health, nutritional habits and vitamin D intake of their mothers.

Then, they followed up with health exams on those children at age 9 to learn how those variables affected bone health.Not surprisingly, children whose mothers didn't get enough vitamin D by taking a supplement or getting enough sunshine grew up with weaker bones, increasing their risks of osteoporosis later in life.

Getting enough sunshine can be very challenging, however, during these colder, shorter days of winter for those of us who live in Northern Hemisphere. That's why I recommend taking a high quality cod liver oil during the winter, and switching back to fish oil as the weather warms up.

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