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Clinical trial in Pakistan’s Punjab province finds vitamin D3 supplements boost child nutrition

last modified May 30, 2018 06:47 PM
High doses of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) can help treat severe child malnutrition, researchers from the University of the Punjab (PU) in Lahore, and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) suggest.

A clinical trial conducted in Pakistan’s Punjab province found that vitamin D3 supplements added to regular treatment for malnutrition led to significant improvements in a group of 185 malnourished children aged 2‒58 months. The eight-week treatment led to gains in weight for height, as well as improvements in motor skills and learning abilities.

A second group of 92 malnourished children, also under standard treatment but placed on placebos instead of vitamin D3 supplements, showed far less improvement than the first group, according to the study published this month (May) in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by researchers from the University of the Punjab (PU) in Lahore, and the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

 

For further details see the report by Saleem Shaik, SciDevNet.

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