London: Milk fortified with vitamin D can make our bones not only stronger but also prevent heart disease and cancer, a new study says. In colder countries with poor or erratic sunshine, half the population is likely to be low in the `sunshine vitamin`.
Susan Lanham-New, the member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and Surrey University nutritionist, said a study of 14,000 pregnant women in Bristol during the 1990s found that more than 90 percent of them were not getting enough of the vitamin. She said: "Vitamin D is known to be vital for a wide range of body functions. A lot of us are very worried about (deficiencies) and think it needs looking at." IANS