Summer is around the corner. It’s time for sun bathing, outdoor activities, pool side time, but it’s also time for Vitamin D.
Vitamin D supports the immune system and strong bones, and its deficiency can cause several problems, including bone related diseases like rickets, osteomalacia and osteoporosis.
A lot of people know most vitamin D intake is from the foods naturally rich in vitamin D, such as fish and mushrooms, and in the form of fortified products, such as milk, yogurt, and cereals. What some people may not know is Vitamin D is also produced in skin exposed to sunlight. Sun lovers see the summer as the high season for Vitamin D production. But can excessive sunlight exposure result in overdose? No, a recent study by researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) found no evidence of Vitamin D overproduction. Age, skin color and location (proximity to the equator) are also key factors on how much vitamin D can be produced in the skin by the sun.
A good sun screen is all you need to enjoy the beautiful sunny days, and keep in mind that sun blocker does not stop Vitamin D production according to the same study.
How do you know if you are getting enough Vitamin D3? First, watch your diet, do you drink fortified milk? Do you eat fish regularly? How about your average sunlight exposure? If you work indoors and do not spend enough time outdoors, you might want to consider taking Vitamin D as a supplement. The daily average of Vitamin D3 is 400 IU. However, if you have bone problems, you may want to increase the amount to 1000 IU because Vitamin D also helps with the absorption of calcium.
Companies are now adding a significant amount of Vitamin D to most Calcium and Magnesium supplements to maximize results. You may not need the extra D if you are already taking a multivitamin and Vitamin D by itself.
A quick check on your daily intake of Vitamin D could tell if you need a supplement or just some sun screen for this summer.
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