Vitamin D is necessary for the development of our bones,, and also aids in proper calcium absorption. In past decades, the disease Rickets was a result of Vitamin D deficiency. Thanks to fortified cereals, and Vitamin supplements, Rickets is unheard of in today’s society. Low levels of Vitamin D however, can cause other issues.
Researchers from the Archives of Internal medicine did a study on Vitamin D.. They found that over an 8 year period, individuals with the lowest levels of Vitamin D, had double the risk of dying from heart attack and other issues, when compared with people who had high levels of Vitamin D.
It is recommended that adults up to age 50 get 200 IU’s of Vitamin D daily. From 50 to age 70 400 IUs, and those over age 70 are told to get 600 IU’s of Vitamin D each day. Vitamin D is often referred to as the sunshine vitamin, because we can increase our levels of Vitamin D by getting proper amounts of sunlight.
The study indicated that the largest factor for Vitamin D deficiency was lack of outdoor activity. 5-30 minutes of sunshine, without sunscreen, at least twice a week is recommended. Any more than that requires sunscreen as a precaution.
Researchers also say that a fair skinned individual may produce 10,000 units of Vitamin D by walking for 10 minutes, in the mid day sun several times a week. Those who are unable to go out in the sun may benefit from Vitamin D3 supplements. D3 is the form of Vitamin D that gives similar benefits to obtaining the vitamin from sunshine.
According to Doctor Anthony Mercola, 95% of senior citizens,and 85% of Americans, are not getting enough Vitamin D. he says the necessary UVB rays from the sun do not penetrate through glass. He recommends more direct sunlight, without sunscreen.
Foods which are high in Vitamin D include; Eggs, Milk, Oily Fish such as Tuna and Salmon, Soy Milk and fortified breakfast cereals.
Vitamin D may also decrease risk of breast cancer in women by 90% and overall cancer risk by 77%. I
know cancer patients whose physicians suggest walking in early morning sunlight, in order to obtain the benefits of Vitamin D from sunlight.
Additional benefits from Vitamin D are that it lowers cholesterol and regulates blood sugar. Should you decide to utilize Vitamin D supplementation, please check with your physician. High levels of Vitamin D through supplements, will have the same effect as not getting enough vitamin D. It may than doubles your chance of heart related illnesses.