How Much Vitamin D Should We Take?
Oct 01, 2009
Humans obtain vitamin D by conversion of substances in the skin after exposure to UVB, light from the sun. We can make up to 50,000 IU of vitamin D in our skin in one day, although 20,000 IU is much more common. As the amount in our skin increases, the skin production diminishes, keeping the supply steady—assuming we get a lot of sunshine. Compared to the paltry amount in foods (cod liver oil contains 400 IU, and fortified milk contains only 100 IU—just enough to prevent rickets), our skin was clearly intended to be our major source of vitamin D. But there are several problems with obtaining your vitamin D only from the sun, especially in the Western world.
The farther north we go, the less vitamin D we can make from our skin. Experts tell us that, in the winter, it is impossible for those who live above the 37th parallel to get enough vitamin D from sunlight. This represents a line starting in Santa Cruz, just south of San Francisco, California, continuing eastward at the northern border of Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina, and ending at the coast. The majority of Americans would be vitamin D deficient in winter even if they wore no clothes and stayed in the sun all day long! . . . .
So how should we get our vitamin D? And what kind is best? Supplementing vitamin D, specifically D3, is necessary for most people in industrialized nations. Vitamin D3 is also called cholecalciferol, and while the recommended daily allowance of up to 600 IU is only enough to prevent rickets, experts are now calling for much higher amounts (up to 5,000 IU) to reap all the benefits of this remarkable hormone. Vitamin D3 can be extracted from wool in an animal-friendly way, just as sheep are shorn without harm so that the wool can be used for clothing. Acquiring vitamin D from wool actually mimics what animals do when they lick their fur to obtain vitamin D. . . .
An astounding study performed in Finland showed that giving infants 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily for one year cut the risk of Type 1 diabetes by almost 80%! Most interesting, the effect lasted for 30 years. Although vitamin D is not a vaccine, these results prove to have a better track record than ANY vaccine we have ever had. . . .
Vitamin D helps promote bone health, cardiovascular health, emotional health, strength, hair growth, immune function, and normal cell life span. So take at least 5,000 IU daily to get the best health you can!
For more on vitamin D, check out this helpful resource.
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