Vitamin D 'does not boost brainpower'

12 April 2012

Parents who subject their children to plenty of vitamin D in the hopes of increasing their kids' brainpower may be disappointed with the results.

This is after research carried out by studying youngsters from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children found that the vitamin may not have as much of a positive impact as previously thought.

As part of the study, more than 3,000 children had their vitamin D3 and D2 levels measured when they were at an average age of nine years old.

Results deemed that kids with high levels of vitamin D3 did not have a significantly better academic achievement than other children, while high levels of vitamin D2 actually resulted in a lower performance of English studies when the children reached 13 to 14 years.

The study's authors pointed out that these results "suggest that protection of children from UVB exposure … is unlikely to have any detrimental effect on academic achievement".

Alan Silman, the medical director of Arthritis Research UK, recently advised people heading out to enjoy the sun in the coming months to refrain from allowing their skin to go red.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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