by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Peacefulmind.com

Vitamin D is commonly known as the “sunshine vitamin” and is an essential nutrient that works with Calcium to help develop strong bones and teeth. This high potency Vitamin D3 supplement also assists in maintaining a healthy immune system. If you’re not getting enough Vitamin D every day, you may not be able to adequately absorb Calcium magnesium, and phosphate, and multiple other biological effects from the foods you eat.

Scientific evidence also indicates that increasing Vitamin D3 intake can support the health of the pancreas and colon.

In humans, the most important compounds in this group are vitamin D3 (also known as cholecalciferol) and vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol).

Getting enough vitamin D is important for optimal health. It helps maintain strong and healthy bones, assists your immune system, and may help protect against many harmful conditions including anemia and osteoporosis.

The major natural source of the vitamin is the synthesis of cholecalciferol in the lower layers of skin epidermis through a chemical reaction that is dependent on sun exposure (specifically UVB radiation).

Bathe in the light of the sun. Visit a beach, pool, or park and bathe in the light of the sun for 15-20 minutes. The perfect amount of time to get your vitamin D and enjoy the power of the warmth and joy the sun offers. Vitamin D is best absorbed when taken after a meal but may be taken with or without food.

Your dosage is based on your medical condition, amount of sun exposure, diet, age, and response to treatment. The daily recommended dose of 400 – 800 IU/day in the U.S. is by far too low.

Research (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17296473) shows that consuming 1,000 IU (25 mcg) daily would help 50% of people reach a vitamin D blood level of 33 ng/ml (82.4 nmol/l). Consuming 2,000 IU (50 mcg) daily would help nearly everyone reach a blood level of 33 ng/ml (82.4 nmol/l)

Another analysis (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16825677) of seventeen studies with over 300,000 people looked at the link between vitamin D intake and heart disease. Scientists found that taking 1,000 IU (25 mcg) of vitamin D daily reduced heart disease risk by 10%

Based on current research, (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20194238) it seems that consuming 1,000–4,000 IU (25–100 mcg) of vitamin D daily should be ideal for most people to reach healthy vitamin D blood levels.

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