Vitamin D seems to be taking over from Omega 3 fatty acids as the hot supplement on the market.
New research is published almost every day showing how:
- A deficiency in the Sunshine Vitamin can lead to MS, osteoporosis, Crohn’s disease, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, etc, etc, etc…
- Most of us are deficient in Vitamin D.
- Heck, even sun worshippers in Arizona and hawaii have been found to have low levels of Vit. D (thanks to effective sunscreen use)
And if that wasn’t enough, today’s research shows a strong connection between obesity and low levels of Vitamin D.
More specifically, the researchers found that amongst people trying to lose weight, (high Vitamin D) dieters lost more weight than (low Vitamin D) dieters.
And if that wasn’t enough, the researchers found that the Vitamin D dieters lost more of that fat from their abdominal region.
Well, I’m sold.
So, how much Vitamin D do I need and where do I get it?
The National Academies of Sciences says that:
- Children and adults up to age 50 need 200 IUs per day
- Adults over the age of 50 need 400 IUs
However, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends 400 IU a day for children
And some researchers say that these levels should be raised up to 1000 IU per day.
But not so fast, too much Vitamin D can be toxic.
That’s why the current U.S. safe-level recommendation for adults is 2,000 IU per day.
But once again, some vitamin D researchers are suggesting that this should be raised to 10,000 IU per day.
Personally, I am going to get my levels tested and if I am low, start taking 1000 IUs a day.
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