Saturday, May 1, 2010

Taking Vitamin D Cuts Premature Births!

As I have stated many times, my articles cover a wide variety of subjects, from criminal Zionism all the way to Health related issues. For this first article for the month of May, I figured that I would put up a Health related issue concerning the need for everyone to take Vitamin D supplements for their well being.

According to this new article, from, it seems that researchers have discovered that expectant mothers taking large doses of Vitamin D during their pregnancies can reduce the risks of having Premature Births. Here is that important article:

Large dose of vitamin D in pregnancy cuts premature births: research

Women should take up to ten times the current recommended dose of vitamin D during pregnancy, experts have said after it was found to cut premature birth by half.

By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
Published: 8:00AM BST 01 May 2010

In Britain pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are recommended to take ten micrograms of vitamin D daily but a study has suggested higher doses may be more beneficial.

Lack of vitamin D, which the body can make from sunlight in summer months in Britain, can cause rickets.

It has been estimated that two in ten adults in Britain could be deficient in vitamin D.

Vitamin D is found in foods like fortified cereals, eggs and fish but most people also need around 15 minutes of sunshine three times a week to ensure sufficient levels.

In the 1950s and 1960s it was thought vitamin D could cause birth defects but it is now known that it is vital for good health of the mother and the developing feotus.

Some pregnant women are advised to take doses of up to 25 micrograms a day but doctors have been cautious of higher doses as there is evidence that very high doses can cause calcium levels in the blood to rise causing nausea, thirst, dizziness and headaches.

In the study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada, pregnant women were randomly assigned to take one of three doses of vitamin D daily.

The women took either ten microgram doses, 50 microgram doses, or 100 microgram doses.

They were monitored throughout, including calcium levels in their blood, and there were no ill effects at any of the prescribed doses. Their vitamin D levels before the study were the same.

The team from University of South Carolina found the women taking the highest dose were 50 per cent less likely to suffer from problems including premature labour, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes and infections, than those on the lowest dose.

Dr Carol Wagner, lead author of the study, said: "The spectacular part of the study was it showed women replete in vitamin D had lower rates of preterm labor and preterm birth, and lower rates of infection."

She said the results showed the high dose was safe and effective so they could recommend all pregnant women take 1,000 micrograms of vitamin D daily.

Patrick O'Brien, spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said the study was interesting but the full data was needed before drawing conclusions.

"He added: "When giving vitamin D supplements in pregnancy there needs to be a degree of caution as there have been some theorectical concerns in the past that too much vitamin D could be harmful but the initial data from this study appears reassuring on this aspect."

NTS Notes: Vitamin D helps reduce Cancer, colds, the flu, and a wide assortment of diseases. Now we can add helping to prevent Premature Births to that ever increasing list!

Again, for everyone that reads these articles, please consider taking Vitamin D supplements for your better health. Take care of your bodies, everyone!

More to come


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Patrick O’Brien suggests caution but much of the medical caution in play today dates back to one flawed study. The 1984 study found that 95 mcg a day produced toxic symptoms like kidney stones and vomiting -- but the amount given study participants was mistakenly about 100 times higher, 9500 mcg! This one faulty study still rules, despite dozens of more recent studies showing the US government standard of 5 mcg is completely inadequate. Think about it, how could 95 mcg be toxic when a pale person sunbathing for 20 minutes midday in the summer makes about 500 mcg of vitamin D?