As I get older, it’s important for me to make sure that I take my vitamins and minerals. The supplements I take now can seriously affect my health down the road, so I want to do my best to make sure my body gets the nutrients it needs to stay healthy as long as possible.
One important vitamin that many of us don’t receive enough of is Vitamin D. Up to 40% of Americans over 50 don’t have enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D is typically found in dairy products and is made by our bodies while in the sun. However lack of exposure to sunlight and drinking less milk contribute to Vitamin D deficiency. That’s one reason to make sure you’re getting this important vitamin – whether naturally or in supplement form.
Vitamin D is a nutrient that supports the absorption of calcium, it also supports breast, colon and prostate health, and contributes to the maintenance of a healthy mood. On top of that, a multitude of studies support its role in immune health.
If you’ll watch the video below, they describe Vitamin D3 as the “building block” for calcium. If you don’t have enough, then your body can’t absorb the calcium it needs to grow healthy teeth and bones. This can cause health issues later on in life – especially when it comes to your bones.
I just recently started taking Vitamin D3 as party of my morning vitamins. Vitmain D comes in two forms – D2 an D3, with Vitamin D3 the most effective in keeping enough Vitamin D in your body. D2 is found only in plants and isn’t as effective in Vitamin D maintenance levels. For healthy adults, at least 1000 IU of Vitamin D is recommended, bit you can increase the dosage if you think you would benefit. I just picked up a bottle of Nature Made Vitamin D3 2000 IU so I can up my dosage in the winter months, when there’s less sun (and therefor less opportunity to naturally manufacture Vitamin D.)
For more information about Vitamin D, check out this video from Nature Made:
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