January 05, 2023
Have you noticed that one of the first vitamin your doctor will ask if your taking is vitamin D?
It’s no wonder really because Vitamin D regulates numerous cellular functions which are critical for many of the body’s operations. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that:
While vitamin D can be found in some commonly consumed foods such as milk and margarine and some soy or rice beverages, yogurts, fatty fish, egg yolks and milk, most of us know that vast amounts of vitamin D are actually made as a result of the skin’s exposure to UV rays from sunlight. In Canada, many people have low vitamin D levels in winter due to lack of consistent levels of sun exposure. Additionally, we are always trying to prevent skin cancer by applying sunscreen – definitely important as some types of skin cancer have very high mortality rates – but sunscreen also reduces the skin’s vitamin D production.
Clinical trials currently do not support vitamin D supplementation in prevention of heart disease per se. However, a supplement is often recommended when people have low levels of the vitamin. Keep in mind that the Institute of Medicine’s expert committee warns that total daily intake should remain below 4000 IU for adults and below 2500 IU for children, unless otherwise recommended by your doctor. Women aged 50 and older need 800 to 1000 IU(International Units) of Vitamin D a day with the safe upper limit for adults usually set at 4000 IU. Also make sure that you check to see if vitamin D supplements have any interactions with any prescriptions drugs that you may be taking.
The best way to get all vitamins and minerals into our body is through healthy foods that are rich in those elements. Try incorporating more vitamin D by incorporating the following into your regular routine of foods: