Keys Benefits of Vitamin D

It’s a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning when you take it internally it needs fat to be absorbed through the intestinal wall.  The UV rays from the sun act on the oils of your skin to produce the vitamin which is then absorbed into the body.

This amazing vitamin can be acquired by sunlight, diet or supplements.

It’s usually measured in IU’s which stands for International Units.

To understand how many IU’s you need to be taking daily, that all depends on where you live, the season you are in, your age and your current state of health.  It’s best to see your health care provider and get your Vitamin D levels checked then you’ll have a better understanding of how much you need to take.

But let me share with you what Vitamin D can do for you

  • it can properly utilize calcium and phosphorus to keep your bones and teeth strong and healthy, important if you have osteoporosis, or want to prevent it.
  • it keeps your immune system strong, when taken with vitamin A & C it can aid in preventing a cold or flu
  • may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease, improves the cognitive function in people over 65
  • it can help cut the risk of breast, colon, prostate and ovarian cancers
  • and it can help ward off seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it boosts our serotonin production, that feel good hormone,  helping you to feel calm and happy

So, what can happen when we are deficiency in vitamin D?

  • rickets, tooth decay, osteoporosis, you can also increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, dementia, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and cancers.  And low vitamin D levels have also been linked to Parkinson’s disease.

How do you get you vitamin D?

  • the sun! try to get 10 minutes of sunlight on your skin without sunscreen daily (if you live in Canada like me, this is hard to do in the winter)
  • foods sources are fish liver oils, sardines, herring, salmon,think oily fish, eggs, mushrooms
  • when buying a vitamin D supplement you want Vitamin D3.

And to note the darker your skin, the more you’ll need to supplement with D because you are absorbing less sunlight.  And Vitamin D synthesis in the skin declines with age, so as we age we will want to be supplementing more often.