Vitamin D Deficiency In Children: 7 Superfoods To Reduce Aggressive Behaviour

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Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograUpdated at: Sep 19, 2019 13:04 IST
Vitamin D Deficiency In Children: 7 Superfoods To Reduce Aggressive Behaviour

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Do you get surprised when young children get angry or they insist a lot? Irritability in children is often ignored as the genetic effect of a family member. But the reason for the irritable nature of children can be due to lack of vitamin D in them. Yes, recent research has revealed that vitamin D deficiency can cause irritability in young children. This research has been published in a journal called 'Journal of Nutrition'. Let us tell you the main things to be learned in this research and the diet with vitamin D.

What does research say?

According to new research published in the Journal of Nutrition, vitamin D deficiency causes a kind of irritability in school going children (older than 5 years) and their behavior becomes aggressive. Moreover, such children are anxious, lost and depressed in themselves. In these children, the problem of mood swings is seen frequently. This research has been done by the University of Michigan. 

Do you know that along with the health of our body, vitamins and nutrients also affect our mood? Therefore, you need all kinds of nutrients to be physically and mentally healthy.

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For this research, 3202 children between the ages of 5 to 12 years studying in primary school were studied. Keeping in mind: 

  • the daily habits of these children
  • parents' educational background
  • weight
  • length
  • diet 

the researchers collected the data and then performed a blood test. The conclusion was, vitamin D deficiency in young children increased the problem of behavior change.

Vitamin D deficiency in children

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Chief researcher Professor Eduardo Villamor points out that children who are deficient in vitamin D during schooling have a higher problem of irritability. Let us tell you that the problem of irritability in children has increased considerably in the recent past. At a young age, children get so angry at small things that they do even think to sabotage and harm themselves due to anger.

Why Vitamin D deficiency in children?

Vitamin D deficiency in children has increased more rapidly in cities than in villages. The best natural sources of vitamin D are sun rays. Nowadays children in cities prefer to stay indoors rather than playing in the park outside. Apart from this, children are given so much work in schools nowadays, due to which they do not have time to play.

  • The addiction to junk foods
  • Ready to eat foods
  • Soft drinks, etc. 

in children also cause vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D deficiency diet

  • The best source of vitamin D is milk, so children must drink a glass of milk daily.
  • Yogurt is also a good source of vitamin D. Children can have yogurt with lunch or salad in the lunch box.
  • Mushroom is the best source of vitamin D, so make mushroom dishes for children at lunch and dinner.
  • Children like to eat cheese. Cheese also contains a good amount of vitamin D.
  • The yellow part of the egg, orange juice, and fish is a good source of vitamin D.

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