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
It can improve:
Supports the nervous and immune system
Bone and teeth health
Influences the expression of genes that potentially cause cancer
Regulates insulin levels
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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