Did you know that between 30% and 50% of Americans have a deficiency of vitamin D? That deficiency increases in the winter due to lack of exposure to sunlight since we stay indoors more. Here are 5 reasons to add vitamin D supplements into your diet and to benefit from it.
Benefits from Vitamin D
- used to treat osteoporosis and may help prevent rickets
- may prevent high bood pressure
- protects against some cancers
- may assist in weight loss
- may cut death rate in heart related conditions
In a study done on heart health by the American Journal of Cardiology, increasing the amount of vitamin D cut the death rate of those in the study by as much as sixty percent. These are significant findings.
Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends giving 400 IU of vitamin D supplements to infants.
Vitamin D Dosage Recommendations
Vitamin D3 is the recommended supplement with suggested dosage varying among experts. Minimum is 600 IU for adults while some believe 1,000 to 2,000 IU is beneficial. The best scenario is to have a physician check your levels through a blood test to determine how much your body actually needs, since over 10,000 IU may lead to toxicity.