Latest Study from MRC LEU Reveals New Risks Linked to Low Vitamin D Levels In Expectant Mothers

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Vitamin Planet ( retailers recommend D-MAX “sunshine vitamin” supplements to expecting mothers as a study from University of Southampton shows the vital role it plays for infant development.

A lack of sufficient Vitamin D may have long-term consequences in declining muscle strength later on in life.

A deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked to many aspects of mental and physical health including reduced muscle strength in adults and children and a higher risk for preterm birth and structural development, but until now the variation of the mother’s Vitamin D consumption to the infant’s development was unknown. Many young women in the UK already show signs of Vitamin D deficiency, but new research has shown possible association of these low vitamin D concentrations causing long-term effects on expecting mothers and their infants.

A study conducted by the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU) at the University of Southampton and led by Senior Lecturer Dr Nicholas Harvey measured the Vitamin D levels of 678 women in the last trimester, noting down those with low levels and those who took the recommend 10μg/day of vitamin D supplementation. Four years after delivery these children were measured for muscle mass and grip strength and the results showed that the children who displayed more muscle strength came from the mothers with higher levels of Vitamin D during their 34th week of gestation.

Although further study is needed to prove these associations between expectant mothers Vitamin D levels and their children’s muscle strength it can be noted that a lack of sufficient Vitamin D may have long-term consequences in declining muscle strength later on in life and low grip strength which has been associated with poor health outcomes including diabetes, falls and fractures in adulthood. These results were published in the January edition of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and is one of the best characterised studies conducted globally.

Rachel Moore, head nutritionist at Vitamin Planet commented:
"We place a great deal of importance in working closely with healthcare professionals to provide quality, affordable Vitamin D supplements at Vitamin Planet. The D-MAX range offers Vitamin D3 in high strength doses, including 5000 IU, 10,000 IU and 20,000 IU. The benefit of D-MAX over other Vitamin D3 supplements is that it is absorbed more effectively, is 100% vegetarian, halal and kosher."

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