Vitamin D – “The Sunshine Vitamin” does so much more than most people think….

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Posted by Dr Janine Bowring

December 18, 2020

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Vitamin D has always been known as the “sunshine vitamin” because the best way to get adequate Vitamin D is to absorb through sun exposure on your skin. Ideally, fifteen minutes of sun exposure daily on 80-90 % of the body is best for a light-skinned individual. People with darker skin complexions need much longer exposure. There are some problems associated with that method: most people believe they can only sit in the sun if they slather on sun screen to prevent skin cancer and this of course blocks the Vitamin D from absorbing through your skin.

Vitamin D – “The Sunshine Vitamin” does so much more than most people think….

Vitamin D has always been known as the “sunshine vitamin” because the best way to get adequate Vitamin D is to absorb through sun exposure on your skin. Ideally, fifteen minutes of sun exposure daily on 80-90 % of the body is best for a light-skinned individual. People with darker skin complexions need much longer exposure. There are some problems associated with that method: most people believe they can only sit in the sun if they slather on sun screen to prevent skin cancer and this of course blocks the Vitamin D from absorbing through your skin. Also, in countries in the northern hemisphere there is inadequate sunshine, especially during the grey winter months. And, on top of all that, not all Vitamin D is the same. The best form of Vitamin D is D3, it offers the best absorption. Many dairy products today have added Vitamin D to their products, but it is D2 which has the least absorption so it doesn’t really help. I recommend at least 1000 IU per day, and during the winter months when we have almost no natural sun, I would increase it up to 5000 IU’s daily. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many diseases and is critical to our good health. Testing back in the 1970s showed that those people living on the equator seemed had lower rates of multiple sclerosis, colon cancer and depression. Today, we believe that low Vitamin D leads to many other disorders, including cardiac arrhythmia, breast cancer, adult fractures, dementia, heart attack risk and even diabetes. It can lead to high-blood pressure, psoriasis and many auto-immune diseases. Dr. William Grant released a study in 2010 which estimated that if Canadians raised their vitamin D blood levels to 105 nmol/L it would prevent 37,000 deaths and save $14B in associated healthcare costs. Now that’s something to think about! https://www.vitamindsociety.org/benefits.php

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