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How to Prevent Rickets Disease

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What Vitamin Deficiency Causes Rickets

Rickets in children is usually due to deficiency of one, or a combination of nutrients.  Knowing what vitamin deficiency causes rickets, and the foods that supply these necessary dietary elements, can help in the prevention of rickets in children, and also help breastfeeding mothers reduce the risk of rickets disease in their babies.



What nutrient deficiencies can lead to rickets :

DIETARY ELEMENT | DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS | FOODS
Vitamin D   |   More on Vitamin D
Deficiency of vitamin D is well-known to cause rickets in children; rickets symptoms include bones softening and becoming so pliable that they bend, resulting in skeletal problems such as knock knees, bow legged legs, curved spine, contracted pelvis, abnormally enlarged head, soft skull bones and increased joint space; the breastbone may be misshapened, causing the chest to be sunken and leading to breathing difficulties.

How to prevent rickets disease caused by Vitamin D deficiency :
Take foods high in vitamin D such as · fish liver oils · mackerel · salmon, especially sockeye salmon · sardine · shrimp.


Calcium   |   More on Calcium
Calcium deficiency is also known to lead to impaired bone mineralization which, in children, can cause rickets (symptoms include bones that become so soft and pliable that they bend, resulting in skeletal problems such as curved spine, knock knees, bow legged legs, enlarged ankles and wrists, narrowed chest, contracted pelvis, bulging forehead, soft skull bones and increased joint space).

How to prevent rickets caused by Calcium deficiency :
Take calcium-rich foods such as · fresh dark green vegetables like collard greens, dandelion greens, mustard greens, spinach, turnip greens, wing beans · dairy foods such as buttermilk, mozzarella cheese, raw (non-pasteurized) milk, whey, yoghurt · goat's milk · soft bones of wild salmon, sardines, tuna, and anchovies are good sources of calcium that is easily absorbed by the body.


Phosphorus   |   More on Phosphorus
Deficiency of phosphorus can lead to impaired bone mineralization that causes rickets in children (symptoms are softening of bones that result in skeletal problems such as curved spine, knock knees, bow legged legs, narrowed chest, and soft skull bones).

How to prevent rickets disease caused by Phosphorus deficiency :
Take foods containing phosphorus such as · cheese · milk · meat · legumes (adzuki beans, chickpeas or garbanzo beans, yellow beans, lentils) · whole grains (wheat, oats, millet, quinoa, brown rice, corn, rye).



Caution: The above is provided for information only. Any diagnosis should be confirmed by a healthcare professional.  Do not self-diagnose.  Also, to avoid toxicity do not take supplements in large doses except under medical advice.



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