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How I found Vitamin D in my milk

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Some time ago I read an alarming article about 88% of Delhi suffering from Vitamin D deficiency and I remembered my own personal tryst with this nutrient. Over three years ago, my then 18-month-old son was diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency and in two weeks of being on a course of Vitamin D supplements, he began to walk after a delay of seven or eight months. My sister, living in the US, then told me that the reason US fortified its milk with Vitamin D was that this vital nutrient, otherwise synthesised by the skin through sunlight, helped absorb Calcium in the body.

That set me on a spree of reading published research and I came across papers suggesting that the late morning sun (between 11 am and 1 pm) was most helpful in synthesising Vitamin D and that those with more Melanin pigmentation needed more sunlight to produce the same amount of Vitamin D than those with lighter skins. So when I took my son out to receive these precious but free for all sunrays in the 11 ‘o’ clock heat, I had to weather a mini-rebellion at home. The established common wisdom, in........

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