Vitamin D is important year-round, but it’s especially important in the winter when the sun is dim and we’re spending more time indoors. Why is Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine” vitamin, so important? Here are the details.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is part of a group of fat-soluble vitamins. It’s produced when your skin’s exposed to the sun. When it comes to nutritional supplements, you’ll want to look for D3, which is the same type of D (cholecalciferol) formed by sunshine. Salmon, eggs and certain mushrooms deliver the potent form of Vitamin D and some everyday foods like orange juice, milk and cereal are fortified with Vitamin D, but it’s still difficult to supply all you need from diet alone.
Vitamin D Benefits
Almost every cell and tissue in your body includes receptors for Vitamin D. That’s how important it is, especially for bone health because it helps your body absorb and efficiently use calcium. But research shows that the benefits of Vitamin D go beyond bone support as it also…
Although rare, too much Vitamin D can be very serious and is usually a result of megadoses of the vitamin rather than overexposure of the sun or consuming too much via foods. When toxicity happens, calcium buildup in your blood is the main concern. This causes nausea and can possibly lead to calcium-based stones.
How Much Vitamin D Should I Take?
Most experts recommend anywhere from 400 – 4000 IU. It’s important to work with your health care practitioner, but the range of 800-1000 IU/ day appears to be the most common recommendation.
You’ll protect your bones and a whole lot more when you enjoy the d-lightfully healthy benefits of Vitamin D.