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Vitamin D-Rich Diet Can Help Children Stave Off Anemia, Study Suggests

May 12, 2011 by  

Vitamin D-rich diet can help children stave off anemia, study suggestsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in five residents in nursing homes suffer from anemia, which is a nutritional disorder defined by low hemoglobin levels.

However, many American children also battle this condition, which is characterized by fatigue, lightheadedness and low energy. A new study reveals that vitamin D deficiency may be the cause of anemia in kids.

The findings, which were presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies on May 1 in Denver, are based on experiments conducted by pediatricians from the John Hopkins Children’s Center. In a study of 9,400 children between the ages 2 and 18, the team found that lower vitamin D levels were connected to a low hemoglobin count.

Children who had vitamin D levels below 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) of blood had a 50 percent higher risk for anemia than participants with levels above 20 ng/ml.

According to, children can increase their vitamin D intake by eating certain foods, such as salmon, eggs and cereal. In addition, orange juice and certain types of milk are fortified with substantial amounts of vitamin D.

Anemia that goes untreated can lead to severe damage of an individual’s vital organs as a result of oxygen deprivation.

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  • EddieW

    Most of the population of the US is deficient in Vitamin D…We don’t get enough SUN!! People are being scared off from getting enough sun, so Vitamin D-3 is the most bio available form of Vitamin D…It’s
    1000 milligram, but not an oil form, so will not overdose..Got a persistant cough, 500 milligram of vitamin C and the D-3 will put an end to it!! will solve many other problems too!! IF you use this at the very start of a will be gone the same day!

  • granny mae

    To say that a child can drink orange juice and milk that is fortified with vitamin D is rediculous. Most kids I know drink plenty of milk and orange juice and still they are considered deficient of D. The biggest problem is that children don’t get outside enough any more and when they do they are plastered with sun block ! Now how are you going to get vitamin D from the sun on your skin if you have just blocked it with sun block? Children spend most of their time in schools and most today do not have PE class outside, especiall in the winter up north or in the summer down south. By the time the children get home from school they have to do homework and then they eat their dinner and it is time to go to bed… Many adults work today and they also never get out in the sun. They work all day inside under artificial lighting and go home and sit in the house or catch up on work around the house and never get outside. Many people today take medicine that comes with a warning not to get in the sun while taking that medicin. I just love all these authoritive people that make these statements as though they just know why we are deficient in vitamin D. I have drug induced lupus from a doctor putting me on so many drugs all at the same time that it has destroid my immune systen and guess what? Now I can’t get out in the sun if I wanted to. It causes major flares and makes you very sick and full of pain. So all you doctors and scientists out there get a real life and start using some common sense before you make idiot statements like drink more milk and orange juice and get out in the sun !

  • Pittsburgh Vince

    I agree with granny mae. As a child, I was sent outside nearly every day year round. Most people don’t know that only 20 minutes of sunshine a day can bring vitamin D levels higher than most supplements.

    When we are young, our skin cells are reproduced at phenomenal rates, and we recover quickly from mild sunburns. A little sun does a body good!

  • Pittsburgh Vince

    Yes, EddieW, children and adults who don’t have time to get much sun on their skin should indeed supplement their natural production. I am now over 60 and spend many whole days indoors. Many moons ago I began taking 5000 units of D a day. At that level there is no way I will have more in my blood than I’d get from an hour in the sun (10 min on arms, legs, back = 10,000 IU). Until I get MORE than I need, I won’t be storing any in my body, so it is very difficult to overdose on supplements, and impossible to get too much D from the sun — the body will simply reduce production once the optimum level is reached.


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