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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Vitamin D- The Sunshine Vitamin

The body produces vitamin D as a response to sun light. Many foods also contain vitamin D, such as fish, egg yolk, fish liver oil and in dairy and grain products that have been fortified.

The body needs vitamin D in order to maintain strong bones by allowing the body to use calcium food in food. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, which is a disease that affects bone tissue leading to soft bones.

Vitamin D can help prevent and treat conditions, such as type 1 & 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, hypertension and glucose intolerance.

Causes of Vitamin D deficiency:

  • not consuming daily recommended levels of Vitamin D
  • you have dark skin
  • not getting enough sun light exposure
  • the digestive can't adequately absorb vitamin D
  • the kidneys can't convert vitamin D
  • obesity
A simple blood test can be done to determine the level of vitamin D deficiency. Taking the daily recommended dosage of vitamin D is a simple treatment for vitamin D deficiency.

The recommended dosages are:
  • Adult and Children up to age 50- 5 mcg or 200 IU
  • Age 51-70- 10 mcg or 400 IU
  • Over 70- 15 mcg or 600 IU
Spend some time in the sun and soak up all the free vitamin D your body can handle. Why let it go to waste? Remember that sun screen blocks the absorption of sun light that is needed to be converted.

Use moderation when out in the sun. Too much can be harmful to the skin.

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