Vitamin D deficiency a growing problem

by Mushroom Enthusiast on 9 February , 2012

Media reports suggest that there has been an alarming rise in the number of British children suffering from a deficiency in vitamin D. In fact one study suggests one in four toddlers could be affected! Disturbingly, two children have died from being vitamin D deficient and a further 30 infant deaths are being investigated.

Paediatricians report an increased number of childhood rickets and blame the disease, which causes bone to soften, on low levels of vitamin D. They also claim many other children suffer from muscle weakness, delay in walking and bone pains. Just as worrying was the suggestion in the article that nearly 75 per cent of parents and more than half of UK health professionals are unaware of the recommended dose of vitamin D.

To see the problem for yourself, check out the video report of the problem in the UK.

So, could vitamin D deficiency be a growing problem here in Australia? Two large case studies examining the problem of rickets in Australia found almost all children had ethno-cultural risk factors, including dark skin and clothing coverage.

While sunlight is the most important source of vitamin D, eating vitamin D mushrooms could be another simple (and delicious) solution to help boost the health of all Australians.

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