RICKETS AND THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN D3
has been in the news a lot recently among young people because we've bored them to death about covering up in the sun and to splash on the sunblocker. But did you know that rickets may show itself as early as two
months of age, when "craniotabes" (areas of softening on the skull) are noted? And furthermore, production of the first teeth may be delayed and the posture affected.
also produces enlargement at the end of long bones, resulting in characteristic bowing of the legs when the child starts to walk. The vitamin is made in the skin
by the action of sunlight on cholesterol and it said 10-15
minutes exposure is good for us. Yea right, that's easier said than done; in many countries reliable sunshine can't be found, especially in winter. But even in hot countries, such as Dubai where Vitamin D3 is very popular, we still don't get the right sunshine because of the health risks of sun-exposure.
Apart from infants and young people,
there are certain categories of people who are more likely to be at risk of vitamin D deficiency
and who may therefore need to supplement with this nutrient.
- Vegetarians and especially vegans
(Vitamin D is found mostly in animal and dairy products).
- Asian and African
women and children who may not eat many vitamin D containing foods and who choose to cover up their skin.
- Pregnant and lactating
women whose breast-milk can be low in vitamin D especially during the winter.
- The housebound elderly
with a tendency to eat poorly.
races where sunshine isn't available for certain months in the year.
So don't forget to take a good quality Vitamin D3
this winter, if not all year round! It has many other applications, such as helping calcium absorbtion, low mood, immune boosting for protection against colds and flu, general bone health, osteoporosis and during pregnancy.
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