Should you consider a Vitamin D Supplement?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble steroid compound that includes 5 forms (D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5). The most important forms are D3 and D2. Vitamin D contributes to your overall health and when you do not have enough it can lead to other health concerns.
How does your body use Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is mostly known for assisting in the intestinal absorption of calcium to build and maintain strong bones. However, Vitamin D has also been shown helpful in guarding against and (sometimes treating) diabetes, rickets, some cancers, and immune system disorders.
Optimal ways to get Vitamin D?
Your body can produce Vitamin D through the skin while in the sunshine and this process is easier for lighter pigmented and/or younger individuals. Some foods containing vitamin D are fatty fish (sword, tuna. salmon), cod liver oil, eggs, and beef liver. Other foods may be fortified with Vitamin D such as milk or yogurt. Check the content label. Most people can maintain healthy levels of Vitamin D with a balanced diet and time in the sun.
With that stated, here are some instances where your body may not have the recommended levels of Vitamin D and you may want to consider using a Vitamin D supplement:
6 Reasons you may benefit from a Vitamin D supplement:
1. If you are overweight with a BMI above 30.
2. Persons with existing diseases that interfere with Vitamin D absorption and use in your system – Liver, Chron’s
3. Anyone age 65 or more.
4. Anyone who is rarely in the sunshine (approximately an hour or less per week)
5. Darker-skinned people.
6. Anyone taking drugs that reduce Vitamin D amounts in your system to lower than optimal levels.
How much Vitamin D do you need in a supplement?
The recommended daily amounts vary depending on many variables like those mentioned above and can range anywhere from 400IU to 800iU. Speak with your physician for specific Vitamin D Supplement dosage recommendations because you can take too much.
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