Vitamin D3: “It’s Not Just for Flu .. It’s For Life”. All Pregnant Asian Women In UK And Their Children Could Benefit From D3 Supplements.
UPDATE: Due to the traffic generated by the articles I have written about Vitamin D3 I have launched a dedicated site www.D3swineflu.com which concentrates on the immune effects of supplementation. That is the best place to look for further information as for the time being I will concentrate my writings on this subject there.
A new site www.D3forhealth.com will be launched as soon as I have time to bring together the research regarding D3 and other health aspects.
Because of the benefits to mothers and infants in the treatment group and the absence of side effects, vitamin D supplements should be given to all pregnant Asian women in the United Kingdom.
From the British Medical Journal.
And it is not just Asian mothers. Black mothers, white mothers .. in fact most mothers and infants will benefit from D3 supplementation as there is a chronic and endemic shortage of Vitamin D3 blood Serum levels in a large part of the Brtish Population ~ 70%. Scottish mothers in wintertime are at particular risk from shortage due to lattitude.
You can have your serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25-OHD) concentrations measured by a simple blood test your GP can order and supplement you diet to bring levels up to normal.
For the mothers in the trial linked in the above reference lack of D3 outcomes included:
Mothers and infants in the control group, however, had low plasma concentrations of 25-OHD and calcium and raised plasma alkaline phosphatase (bone isoenzyme) activity. Five of these infants developed symptomatic hypocalcaemia. Almost twice as many infants in the control group were small for gestational age (29% v 15%), but there were no significant differences between the two groups of infants in antropometric measurements. Infants in the control group, however, had larger fontanelles, suggesting impaired ossification of the skull.
In short, the growing infants of these mothers did not have enough available calcium to grow bones properly in some cases. This is because of D3 shortage over calcium shortage – D3 is essential for calcium to be absorbed and delivered where needed.
Consult your GP if intending to supplement, have your D serum levels measured and then you will know for sure if you can benefit from supplementation.
The doctor is likely to offer a low dosage supplement of 1,000UI. If you are Asian or Black find out what blood serum levels are normal in your country of origin and dose up to that .. not the sun starved British “normal”.