Most of us remember learning in school that Vitamin D comes from the sun. That isn’t quite how it works, the sun activates our bodies to create the vitamin, it doesn’t actually supply it, but the connection is certainly accurate. There are other sources for the vitamin, but sunshine is an excellent source, which those of us in most parts of the country, don’t get a whole lot of during the cold winter months. Other sources are egg yolks, fatty fish, liver, mushrooms, yeast, and fortified foods, but even those who eat these foods semi-regularly can be deficient in Vitamin D With most of us avoiding heavy sun exposure, due to it’s aging effects and skin cancer effects, supplements are more needed than ever before.
I had a general understanding that Vitamin D was somehow paired with calcium, as important for bone health, but that was about all I knew of the benefits of this important vitamin, until I looked into it further for this post. Turns out it not only helps strengthen bones and provides protection from osteoporosis, but adequate levels can also help regulate high blood pressure. Recent research also indicates that sufficient Vitamin D levels are connected with lower cancer and autoimmune disease risk. Sounds pretty important to me.
I also found out that Vitamin D deficiency is common not only in those who get very little sun exposure, but also among the elderly, obese and babies who are exclusively breast fed. Those with certain digestive problems, such as Crohn’s disease are also prone to deficiency.
After doing my research, I went to Walmart, to pick up some of this supplement. There were plenty of options, but I ended out selecting a 1000 mg. dosage from Nature Made. Each vitamin provides 250% of the daily recommended dosage, even though it was one of the lower dosages available, I thought it would be sufficient. At just $3.97, that is just over a dollar a month, for piece of mind.
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