Sunday, June 9, 2013
Get Your Vitamins!
A new study released shows that up to 70% of children in the United States are not getting enough Vitamin D. This problem is especially severe among poor African American and Hispanic children. Darker skin acts as a natural screen from the sun, causing the body to not produce as much Vitamin D as it needs. Vitamin D is essential for bone growth and other metabolic functions, and low levels in children can cause health problems later on in life. Doctors suggest supplements for children, with the recommended amount being between 200-400 international units (IU) per day of vitamin D.