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Recent Study Reveals Vitamin D Supplementation May Prevent Flu

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has completed an investigation regarding Vitamin D supplementation.  The study focused on how Vitamin D could play a role in preventing Influenza A in schoolchildren.  Keep reading to find out all the details of this recent study.

Details of the Study
The researchers compared the vitamin with a placebo.  The study used 430 children, average age of 10.2 years old.  The selection for the treatment group and control group were random.  Those in the treatment group received three 200 IU Vitamin D supplements twice daily.   That totaled 1,200 IU of Vitamin D every day for four months.  The control group was given a placebo that looked the same and took three tablets twice daily for the four months.

The results of the trial were precise.  After four months, 18.6% of the children that took the placebo developed a case of Influenza A during flu season.  Only 10.8% of the children in the treatment group who took Vitamin D developed Influenza A.  By excellent fortune, the study also discovered that there was a significant reduction in asthma attacks for children in the Vitamin D group.  Twelve attacks happened to children in the control group who took the placebos.  The children who took the Vitamin D supplement in the test group had only two reported cases of an asthma attack. 

The ranges of Vitamin D that is considered safe for children range from 200 IU up to 2000 IU.  There were no negative effects or adverse circumstances from Vitamin D supplements in the study. 

There are a wide range of natural supplements available that can help your schoolchildren get the daily recommended amounts of Vitamin D.  Those products range from supplements to fish oil products and newer innovations like Ddrops.  Ddrops are a nutritional supplement that has no taste or odor.  It can easily be taken with any food or beverage.

Some of the foods that really supply a great dose of Vitamin D for children are:
  • Sea food (Herring, Catfish, Trout, Shrimp, Mollusks, Bass, Salmon, Halibut)
  • Soymilk (all varieties)
  • Most all baby formulas and natural baby foods
  • Tofu
  • Fortified orange juice with Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Low fat and nonfat milk
  • Powdered low fat and nonfat milk
  • Oatmeal

Thousands of people come down with Influenza A every year, but for children this can be very devastating and dehabilitating.  So make sure that your children get the proper amounts of Vitamin D in their daily diet to help in the prevention.  Studies show that there are no adverse affects from having too much Vitamin D in your diet so make sure that it is a major part of their daily multi-vitamin and that they eat and incorporate foods into their daily diets that are rich in Vitamin D.   The benefits will be significant for them and it could be what stands between them and a severe case of influenza.

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