Vitamin D has been in the news a lot recently. What’s all the talk about? Sure, you know you can get vitamin D from the sun, but when the sun is not shining, why should you be concerned? Read below to learn more about this essential “vitamin” and what it does for you.
- It’s actually not a vitamin but rather a prohormone: converted to a hormone in response to the sun’s impact on the skin
- You’d have to eat 40 eggs to get the 1000IU per day recommended by experts.
- Nearly every cell in the body has a receptor for vitamin D.
- Your immune system needs adequate vitamin D to work properly.
- This wonder nutrient can support overall health by affecting expression of hundreds of genes and signals in your body.
- It helps support bone health.
- Adequate levels of vitamin D in your body are associated with heart health.
- Adequate calcium and vitamin D in a healthy diet throughout life may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
- Sufficient vitamin D intake may support breast health
- Vitamin D may help support a healthy colon
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How do you know if you’re at risk for vitamin D deficiency? If you live ABOVE the red line depicted below, you may be at severe risk for vitamin D deficiency. Living in the dark shaded region, our bodies produce very little, if any, vitamin D outside of the sunny summer months.
Ask your doctor about a simple test to get your vitamin D level checked. You can also use an in-home test through ZRT. Either way, $30-$65 is a fair price to pay considering the many benefits of vitamin D. Sunshine is free but when it’s not shining, a simple Vitamin D supplement costs nothing more than $10. I would consider this one a no-brainer!