Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy Linked to Muscle Strength in Children

Muscle strength in children linked to vitamin D levels in pregnancy


A UK study of pregnant women that followed their babies into early childhood finds kids were likely to have stronger muscles if their mothers had higher levels of vitamin D during pregnancy. Although previous studies have linked reduced muscle strength in children and adults to low levels of vitamin D in their own bodies, not much is known about links to levels in their mothers’ bodies when they were carrying them before birth. Of the nutrients our bodies require for health, vitamin D is unique. While we get it from foods like fish, cheese, beef liver, eggs and fortified cereals, our main source is our bodies making it from sunlight.

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