Do I Need Vitamin D Supplements?

You know you should take vitamins but if you’re eating fairly well, why bother? It turns out that the Center for Disease Control reports that 87% of us are not getting enough vegetables in our diet! In addition, 76% of us aren’t eating enough fruit. So, we need to take our vitamins to ensure that we stay well.

Do I Need Vitamin D Supplements?

Of particular concern is Vitamin D as it helps to maintain bones and teeth. It is also important for calcium and phosphorous absorption. It is estimated that 80% of patients with hip fractures are deficient in this vitamin. Deficiency in children can cause rickets, which causes impaired mineralization and softening of the bones.

Vitamin D helps protect you from:


Type 1 Diabetes

Multiple Sclerosis

Heart Disease

The flu

It can improve:

Lung function

Supports the nervous and immune system

Bone and teeth health

Cardiovascular health

Influences the expression of genes that potentially cause cancer

Regulates insulin levels





Food High in Vitamin D

Aren’t we supposed to get this vitamin from the sun?

The answer is yes but so few of us spend time outdoors without sunscreens anymore. The Scientific American reports that 75% of US teens and adults are deficient in Vitamin D. Scientists believe that a lack of this vitamin can potentially cause heart disease and cancer. This is a controversial number and some are claiming that it’s grossly overestimated. Why take chances?

There are few food sources of this vitamin. They include salmon, mackerel, tuna and Vitamin D fortified dairy products.

Metabolism of this vitamin (in actuality, it is a hormone as it can be made in the body through sun synthesis), can be greatly affected by certain drugs. It is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning that its absorption requires dietary fat. In addition, magnesium is needed to convert vitamin D into its active form. This also means that it can be stored in the body so, don’t take too much as you could risk toxicity. I recommend 5,000 IU daily for adults.

Caution – The Supplement Industry Is Unregulated

It’s hard knowing which vitamin brands to trust. Do they really contain what the label says? There is a great resource that I use at:

Consumer Lab is an independent tester and publisher of quality control studies of supplements and nutritional products. They are a trusted source for sure.

I am a Practitioner and I prescribe for a brand called Metagenics. In my research, they are the most trusted source of very affordable vitamins and medical food. I highly recommend their products and use them myself. Here is a link that tells you about their lab:

Here is the link to my Practitioner account to purchase, if you choose to:

If you are pregnant or have health conditions, please consult your physician before taking any supplements.

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4 Thoughts to “Do I Need Vitamin D Supplements?”

  1. Ruth Oberg

    Wow! Good to know! Thanks!

    1. Glad I could be of help! Thanks for your comment Ruth!

  2. kelly

    Great info! Thanks!

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment Kelly!

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