People have been talking about the health benefits of Vitamin D for years. Vitamin D is a fat soluable vitamin. We get Vitamin D from the sun and from many different types of food such as milk, fish, eggs, and cod liver oil. Vitamin D2 is synthesized by plants. Vitamin D3 is given to us by the sun. Vitamin D3 is the vitamin that you should take as a supplement.
Vitamin D helps us with calcium absorption rates. It has also been shown to help reduce calcification of the arteries which my father recently had. Due to the calcification he needed to have heart surgery. However, with consistent Vitamin D supplementation this might have been eliminated. Vitamin D has actually been shown to take the calcium that gets built up in our arteries and put it back into our bones. Great for us as we age and our bone calcium begins to be dipleated. Vitamin D may actually help prevent osteoporosis. It has also been shown that a lack of vitamin D may also lead to over 17 different types of cancer. This may be the most important vitamin to make sure you have enough of every day.
To make sure that you have enough Vitamin D, do the following.
- Vitamin D Testing – Should be done at least 1 time per year. Especially in the colder months
- Get 20 – 30 minutes of sun exposure daily – make sure that you do not burn.
- Supplement with Vitamin D3 at around 2000 UI
Testing going forward should be done annually to assure that your levels are sustained and do not drop significantly. For further information, consult with your physician.