Child Nutrition Fact #3

Girls Who Supplement Their Diets with Calcium and Vitamin D Grow Taller and Are Stronger in Their Teens

Calcium supplementation, along with Vitamin D plays a critical role in building strong and healthy bones and muscles in children. Recent studies reported significant gain in bone mass and muscle power in adolescent girls (1,2,3).


(1)Bonjour JP, et al. Calcium enriched foods and bone mass growth in prepubertal girls: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. J. Clin. Invest. 1997;99:1287-1294

(2)Bonjour JP, Rizzoli R, 2001. Bone acquisition in adolescence. in; Marcus R, Feldman D, and Kelsey J, eds. Osteoporosis. 2nd ed. San Diego (CA): Academic press. pp. 621-638

(3) Ward KA, et al. Vitamin D status and muscle function in post-menarchal adolescent girls. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009 Fb;94(2):559-63. Epub 2008 Nov25


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