Vitamin D is an important vitamin that many Americans don't get enough of due to dietary or environmental reasons. However, vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones, and a deficiency can eventually lead to diseases like osteoporosis.
While vitamin D is found in some dietary sources, like cod liver oil and oily fish (salmon, mackeral, and sardines), most of us don't eat enough of these foods to get adequate amounts.
But vitamin D can also be obtained from the sun - a natural, usually available, and free source. However, many people either don't spend enough time outside, or if they do, they use sunscreen (which is of course encouraged to prevent sunburn and skin cancer). Another factor is climate - areas with more cloudy, rainy days obviously don't provide as many opportunities to get vitamin D from the sun. And in the winter, northern latitudes like New England don't receive strong enough sunlight for proper vitamin D synthesis.
As little as 10 minutes of exposure to sunlight each day, or 5-30 minutes during the middle of the day twice a week, can be enough to prevent a deficiency.
If you can't get this amount of sunlight, you need to take a vitamin D supplement!
Vitamin D is primarily needed to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. It also aids in the absorption of calcium by the kidneys, which helps to form and maintain strong bones.
Mounting evidence from recent research also suggests that vitamin D may also prevent common cancers, heart disease, hypertension, and several autoimmune diseases.
Several recent studies have demonstrated the importance of vitamin D in preventing cancer. It's been shown that people living at higher latitudes (where the angle of the sun's rays are unable to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D in the skin) are more likely to develop and die of Hodgkin's lymphoma, colon, pancreatic, prostate, ovarian, breast and other cancers. In general, many other studies have showed similar findings -- that those living at northern latitudes had a higher incidence of cancer deaths compared to those in more southern latitudes that receive more direct sunlight.
Supplementing with Vitamin D, according to some, can cut the risk of developing certain cancers by up to 60%!
A vitamin D deficiency can result in:
People who may be at a high risk for vitamin D deficiencies include the elderly, obese individuals, exclusively breastfed infants, and those who have limited sun exposure. Also, individuals who have fat malabsorption syndromes (e.g., cystic fibrosis) or inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., Crohn's disease) are at risk.
Without vitamin D only about 10-15 percent of dietary calcium and about 60 percent of phosphorus is absorbed by the body. This is directly related to bone mineral density, which is responsible for osteoporosis and fractures in adults.
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Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, adults take one (1) tablet daily as directed by your physician or health care provider