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Vitamin D Vital for Young and Old

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Studies around the world continue to demonstrate the need for vitamin D, and two recent ones show how important it is at any age.

Studies around the world continue to demonstrate the need for vitamin D, and two recent ones show how important it is at any age. In Egypt, four months of vitamin D supplementation significantly reduced autism symptoms in children when compared to a placebo. In Japan, falls among frail elderly people decreased by 42 percent with vitamin D supplements, and by 72 percent when supplements were combined with exercise. A dose of 1,000–2,000 IU daily is often recommended, but it’s best to get a blood test to identify individual needs.

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