Florida, August 25, 2014: Results of a new research conducted by the researchers of Nutrition Formulators demonstrate that the children of mothers, who take adequate amounts of vitamin D, are more likely to have stronger muscles. The research was carried out under the guidance of product development manager, Yasser Verdecia. Manufacturing coordinator, Virginia Dotres, and plant manager, Fernando Losada, were major contributors.

Previous studies have shown that a lack of vitamin D has a big impact on muscle strength. Low quantities of this chemical in the body lead to weakened muscles. The relationship holds true for children as well as adults. In spite of the wealth of literature linking muscle strength to vitamin D, little was known about the link between vitamin D intake in pregnant mothers and the effects on their children.

Low concentrations of vitamin D are ubiquitous in the U.S. Although healthcare professionals are often heard recommending young women to consume at least 10 micrograms of this compound everyday during pregnancy, very few of them seem to heed.

In an earlier research carried out before the current Nutrition Formulators’ study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, a total of 678 pregnant women were observed during the later stages of their pregnancy. The researchers checked the levels of vitamin D in these soon-to-be mothers. The numbers were then recorded for future reference.

The researchers waited for four years after the women had given birth to children. When the children were four years old, they were measured on several criteria--to test their muscle mass and muscle strength. The results were astonishing. Mothers, who had taken adequate or otherwise higher amounts of vitamin D during pregnancy, gave birth to children with more muscle mass and stronger muscle strength. At the same time, the effects of vitamin D deficiency showed up in children--causing them to have lower than average muscle mass and weaker muscles.

Research lead and Nutrition Formulators’ product development manager, Yasser Verdecia, later commented on the survey and said, “The associations between intake of vitamin D in pregnant women and the muscle strength and muscle mass of the offspring seem to be connected. It is very likely that the children born to mothers taking adequate amounts of vitamin D are more likely to have strong muscles well into their old age. In stark contrast, children born to mothers deficient in vitamin D are more likely to be diagnosed with poor health and illnesses, such as falls, diabetes, and fractures.

The survey conducted by Nutrition Formulators is one of the largest in the world.