There’s a been a lot of chatter lately regarding the value of Vitamin D. It seems like this vitamin prevents any disease or disability (only fooling around with this statement). There are some really crucial benefits to Vitamin D. Here are a few:
- Needed for the absorption and metabolism for calcium and phosophorus. These elements are vital to bone formation and other various functions within the body.
- As an immune system regulator, it may arm the immune system against the common cold.
- There may be a connection between insufficient Vitamin and the risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis.
- Some studies are beginning to show a lower risk of some cancers in people with higher Vitamin D levels.
- WebMD has a more information regarding the benefits of Vitamin D.
With all this good news about Vitamin D and our health, what would be the best sources for us to get this valuable vitamin? That would be our bodies. There is no risk of overdosing when our body manufactures Vitamin D. Supplements are another source of Vitamin D. When using supplements as a source, then it is advised that no more than 2000 IU be taken daily as an overdose may occur. This is one reason that Vitamin D levels in the blood should be measured on a regular basis. When the body manufactures Vitamin D, it also creates another chemical which stops the Vitamin D production when blood reaches its optimal level of Vitamin D.
Doctor Oz has a good animation on how the body manufactures Vitamin D.
People living above 40 degrees latitude have a difficult time getting sufficient Vitamin D during the winter months. This is where supplementation with Vitamin D 3 may help. Another source would be 4 to 6 minutes, depending on skin type, under tanning lights 2 or 3 times/week. In the warmer climates and the warmer weather, step outside for a walk in the sunshine.
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