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Wheat Flour A Solution To Vitamin D Deficiency Epidemic.

Vitamin D offers a number of health benefits. It helps promote better bone health, supports immune system, prevents cancer and helps manage diabetes.A

However, there are millions of people who lack this important sunshine vitamin across the world. Losing vitamin D may increase a person's risk of a number of health problems, such as weaker immune system.

To help address the growing rates of vitamin D deficiency, researchers proposed a potential solution to help people gain and maintain good amounts of the vitamin in their body. They suggested adding vitamin D to wheat flour being sold across England and Wales.

A new study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, estimates that the proposal would help prevent 10 million new cases of vitamin D deficiency in the United Kingdom. Researchers saidA it would also help countries save more than $72 million.

The team called on governments to require mandatory fortification of vitamin D in wheat flour.A It is not the first time theA idea was introduced to the public.A

Finland previously required all breads to have vitamin D, which helped reduce rates of deficiency among adults across the country to 0.6 percent from 13 percent, according to ( mindbodygreen . Dr. Magda Aguiar, lead author of the latest study, said the same approach would work in the U.K.A

"While both supplements and fortified foods are important sources of vitamin D for the U.K. population, evidence suggests current U.K. supplementation policies are not working," she said.

Adding vitamin D to foods commonly consumed by the public would mainly help those people who have a higher risk of deficiency. Those are the people who have darker skin, obese or aged 65 and older.A

"We now hope that U.K. policymakers will consider a new national policy to fortify foods such as wheat flour with vitamin D to address this serious health issue," Aguiar said. "This will lead to significant benefits for the population, particularly the most vulnerable groups."

Vitamin D deficiency can make bones thin, brittle or misshapen. Estimates show that worldwide there are one billion people who have low levels of the vitamin in their blood.A

The common ( signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include hair loss, bone loss, fatigue, tiredness, slow healing of wounds, back pain and depression.A

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Date:Aug 22, 2019
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