Why is Vitamin D Gaining so Much Public Attention?
By Melissa Mackey
Today vitamin D deficiency is an unfortunate problem rising in many young children. Children in today’s times do not drink as much milk and eat foods that have vitamin D, nor do they go outside and play as much. Children are drinking more fruit drinks, sodas, watching T.V. and playing video games. But doctors have found that children are in much need of vitamin D and that it is an extremely important vitamin. Vitamin D not only helps build strong bones, but it also been found to increase the body’s immune system. According to healthychildren.org, “A vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, a bone-softening disease that continues to be reported in the United States mostly in children in the first two years of life.” Some say the children should take a vitamin D supplement, but it is also very important for children to get more outside play, and eat more vitamin D fortified foods. Some vitamin D fortified foods include milk, yogurt, calcium-fortified orange juice, egg yolks and some cereals. Oily fish like salmon is also a good source of vitamin D. So making sure your child, starting at a young age, has vitamin D is very important to their health.