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Vitamin D

There has been a lot of buzz about Vitamin D lately so let me lay it out for you…

Vitamin D is found naturally in a small amount of foods (fatty fish, mushrooms), added to other foods (milk, cereal) and available as a supplement. Vitamin D is a hot topic not only in the news but popular in recent research studies and it seems the benefits of this fat-soluble vitamin go beyond just bone health.  Some research suggests that vitamin D might play some role in the prevention and treatment of Type I & Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, Multiple Sclerosis and other medical conditions. We already know it helps with:
•    Bone Health: Vitamin D helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus which are critical for building bones.
•    Cancer: Research shows that Vitamin D keeps cancer cells from growing and dividing, especially with prostate, colon and breast cancer.
•    Immune System: Studies show that Vitamin D plays a role in controlling infections and controlling inflammation.

Tips to Increase Vitamin D:
•    Look for opportunities to add non-fat milk or fortified soy milk to your day.
•    Look for Vitamin D fortified products like Orange Juice (Minute Maid), Cereal (Kellog’s All Bran with Extra Fiber) and others.
•    Experiment with Vit.D fortified no/low fat yogurts (Yoplait, Stonyfield, Dannon make some- check label) with at least 20% of the Daily Value (DV). Lifeways brand Kefir is also fortified with at least 25% of the DV of Vitamin D.

•    5-30 minutes of sun exposure between 10 AM and 3 PM at least twice a week to the face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen usually lead to sufficient vitamin D synthesis. Remember that the season, time of day, geography, latitude, level of air pollution, color of your skin, and your age all affect your skin’s ability to produce vitamin D.
•    If you feel you are at risk for Vit. D deficiency (over 50 years, dark skinned, limited sun exposure) ask your doctor to test your blood’s total Vit. D levels.

How much you need at the very least…

 

 

 

 

Deeelicious food sources….

NIH site for more info.

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