Vitamin D, the vitamin needed for bone strength, can be surprisingly hard to come by naturally. As many as 10% of adults in the US are considered vitamin D deficient. What are the dangers you need to be aware of? Low vitamin D levels have been linked to increased risk for:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cognitive impairment in older adults
- Severe asthma in children
- Erectile dysfunction
- Certain types of cancer
Research also suggests vitamin D can play a role in the prevention of:
- Type I and II diabetes
- Gluten intolerance
- Multiple sclerosis
There are a few reasons why this may affect people:
- Limited exposure to sunlight. The body makes vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight, so prolonged periods of time indoors, living in a climate that gets little sunshine, or covering oneself with full-sleeved clothing can affect individual vitamin D levels.
- Having dark skin. Dark skin pigment reduces the skin’s ability to create vitamin D in response to sunlight.
- Not consuming enough vitamin D through food. If you follow a vegan diet, have a milk allergy or simply do not eat enough, vitamin D rich foods , you face a higher risk for vitamin D deficiency.
While the first two risk factors might be out of your control, there is an easy remedy. Your consumption of vitamin D can be easily increased with the use of supplements. Vitamin D in supplement form is fat soluble, meaning it is stored in the fat rather than being excreted through the urine.
How Much Vitamin D?
A safe daily dosage to stick to would be 1000 IU’s. With our Liquid Sunshine product , you can customize how much you take each day. Liquid Sunshine is also ideal for people who have issues or prefer to not swallow capsules. It’s convenient and allows you to take control of your vitamin D intake.
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Chris Rosario, RPh FACA