Vitamin D rich diet said to lower cholesterol in kids

Scientists have established through a study a possible link between consumption of vitamin D rich diet and lowering of cholesterol levels in children.

According to researchers at University of Eastern Finland vitamin D rich diet also have beneficial impact on other risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases.

For the study researchers analyzed data from nearly 500 children aged between six and eight years. Children with vitamin D level of more than 80 nmol/l (nanomoles per litre) had lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol levels than those whose vitamin levels were below 50 nmol/l, which is often regarded as a threshold value for vitamin D sufficiency, the study said.

The researchers added that vitamin D is known to be essential for bone metabolism and its low serum levels increase the risk of rickets, osteomalacia and osteopenia. Lifestyle factors, such as healthy diet, physical activity and spending time outdoors leading to the production of vitamin D in the skin may be linked to both higher serum vitamin D levels and lower plasma lipid levels, the study said.

Some of the important dietary sources of vitamin D are dairy products and spreads and fish. In addition to the dietary intake, vitamin D supplement use is also recommended for the general population in several countries. Vitamin D is further found in orange juice, soy milk, cereals also in cheese and egg yolk. Sufficient Vitamin D in children’s diets has a positive impact on risk factors associated with heart diseases.

Findings are published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.