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Research Finds Vitamin D Supplements Unnecessary For Healthy Children

October 5, 2010: 08:46 AM EST

Research suggests that Vitamin D supplements, primarily intended to increase bone density and protect against osteoporosis later in life, do not improve healthy children’s ability to absorb calcium. A review of six studies that compared bone density between healthy children taking Vitamin D and those taking a placebo, found no measurable differences in bone density. “Vitamin D supplementation had no statistically significant effects.” according to Dr. Tania Winzenberg, at the Menzies Research Institute in Tasmania. Researchers now call for additional studies to determine if supplements can help children with low levels of Vitamin D in their blood.

"Vitamin D supplements do not increase bone density in healthy children", EurekAlert!, October 05, 2010, © EurekAlert!
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