Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy Linked to Offspring Muscle Strength
[Source: Medical News Today]
New research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that mothers who have a higher intake of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to have children with stronger muscles.
Vitamin D is known to help regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the bloodstream, as well as help cells to communicate.
The body’s main source of vitamin D comes from sunlight, but foods such as oily fish, eggs, fortified cereals and powdered milk are good sources of the vitamin.
The study investigators from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton in the UK, led by Dr. Nicholas Harvey, say that vitamin D levels in the UK are low among young women.
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