Living in northern latitudes not only means shorter days and less sunlight during the winter, but also far less vitamin D, the “sunshine” vitamin. But an adequate vitamin D intake, which is crucial to bone health, can be difficult for children to achieve through food alone.
As the study reported on in this news story illustrates, the idea that it is possible for everyone to obtain optimum amounts of micronutrients from food alone is a fallacy. In the case of children, the majority of them do not get enough micronutrients from the food they eat. Too few fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as the consumption of highly processed food, results in chronic deficiencies of essential micronutrients that impair the growth and health of children, thus making them prone to diseases.
To read about a clinical evaluation of the health effects of micronutrient supplementation in school-age children, conducted by the Dr. Rath Research Institute in association with the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, read this edition of the Institute’s popular health information newsletter.