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).

References:

(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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