A report by the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition recommends that breastfed infants should receive a daily vitamin D supplement.
There is growing agreement among researchers that supplemental vitamin D is essential for infants. Fueled by factors such as a lack of sun exposure and overuse of sunscreen, there has been concern for some years now that many children are growing up with low levels of this essential nutrient. As a result, even in developed countries, doctors are once again seeing cases of rickets, a severe vitamin D deficiency disease that was previously thought to have been eradicated decades ago.
Ultimately, of course, vitamin D is only one of many micronutrients that children are at risk of being deficient in. Young children can often be ‘picky’ eaters, preferring to eat highly processed foods rather than fruits, vegetables, and other vitamin-rich natural foods. This can result in chronic deficiencies of essential micronutrients that impair children’s growth and health, thus making them prone to diseases.
To learn how the health benefits of micronutrient supplements for children have been documented in a study carried out by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, read this article on our website.