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Pediatric Mental Health and Vitamin D

New research highlights the importance of supplementation.

An article in recently stated that 1 in 8 children have a mental health problem and the CDC has stated that 1 in 6 children ages 2-8 years old have a mental, behavioral, or developmental problem.

Vitamin D is important for mental health in both children and adults. In this article, we'll discuss research regarding early life supplementation of Vitamin D and future mental health.

Finnish researchers divided 346 newborns into two categories. One group received 400 IU of Vitamin D from age 2 weeks to two years old, while the other group received 1200 IU of Vitamin D for the same time frame. The researchers followed up with the parents of these children when they were between 6 to 8 years old. As reported by the parents, the children that were given a higher dosage of Vitamin D had fewer mental health problems than the other group. In fact, the parents observed half as many internalizing problems in the higher dose of Vitamin D group than with the other group. You can read the article in Jama Network Open here.

Keep in mind that one study doesn't prove anything, but when one reviews these findings in light of the abundance of other research about Vitamin D and mental health, it makes a pretty compelling case for optimizing Vitamin D levels.

Do you know your Vitamin D level?

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