Sunshine Vitamin D3: How much are you getting? - May 5th, 2011

If you haven’t heard much about Vitamin D in the past year, then you must not have access to any form of media.  That being said, Vitamin D has been all the hype recently because of some re-evaluation of the Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamin D  for the healthy person based off of research that occurred in 2007.

Vitamin D is found in dietary sources such as: Fish, Eggs, Fortified Milk, and Cod Liver Oil.  It is also provides the body enough to overcome some deficiency by as little as 10 minutes of sunshine exposure a day.

There are several different forms of Vitamin D, but two are of particular importance to the body.  D2 is synthesized by plants and D3 which is synthesized by humans when exposed to UVB rays from the sun.

Vitamin D3 (Sunshine Vitamin) is a nutrient that is also being referred to as a hormone.  One of its roles in the body is to help the body develop immature cells into mature cells.  For those of us fortunate enough to live north of northern Florida (yeah for Indiana), the sun’s rays are not at the right angle to allow us to synthesize enough vitamin D3 from October all the way to March!  And now you wonder why you get so cranky???

Recent research has showed that most healthy adults need at least 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily.  This can be a challenge with just food.  This is why supplements can help.  (Learn more reasons why you might need supplementation here).

Here are some reasons that can INCREASE your risk of becoming deficient or having poor blood levels of D3:

1.  Location: anywhere north of northern Florida
2.  Lack of sun exposure:  staying indoors or always covering skin
3.  Skin pigment:  darker skin = more time to make Vitamin D3 from the sun
4.  Obesity:  fat tissue absorbs vitamin D3 and make is unavailable to use.  The heavier we get, our need for more D3 increases.
5.  Age: we make less D3 as we age
6.  Pregnant/Breastfeeding mothers: may need more vitamin D3 to keep their own blood levels withing the ideal range.

Having a low blood level of Vitamin D3 has been link with:

1.  Cancer Rates & Reoccurance
2.  Autoimmune Diseases:  Diabetes, MS, Lupus, Celiac Disease, Arthritis
3.  Heart Disease & Congestive Heart Failure
4.  Depression & Seasonal Affective Disorder
5.  Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colititis
6.  High Blood Pressure, Heart Attack & Stroke
7.  Pain/Weakness (Muscle, Fibromyalgia)
8.   Impaired Immune Function
9.  Risk of Bone Fracture from falls
10.  Osteoporosis & Rickets

So, how much should you have?  Most health adults need at least 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily.  Some many need more based on your health.  Talk to your family doctor to get your blood level checked to see if you are deficient. There are some conditions where your doctor may NOT want you to take Vitamin D (some forms of cancer and kidney stones).   Ask your doctor if you have questions or if you would like to get your level of D3 tested.

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