Vitamin D3 – Why It’s Important And Where You Can Get It

vitd3Vitamin D is sometimes referred to as the sunshine vitamin since we derive its benefits from exposure to sunlight.  It is recommended that those with light skin tones get approximately 15 minutes of sunlight daily and those with darker skin be exposed to sunlight daily for approximately 30 minutes. Vitamin D is important for muscle and bone health.

Vitamin D aids in our bodies ability to absorb  calcium and  may help prevent osteoporosis.

Often we do not get enough vitamin D from natural sources and need to supplement  our supply.  Vitamin D consists mainly of Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. A lack of Vitamin D is found more often in the obese and elderly and people who do not get the necessary sunlight exposure .  Lack of Vitamin D in children may lead to rickets.

A recent study has shown that supplements of Vitamin D3 are more beneficial at raising blood levels of Vitamin D than Vitamin D2.

Vitamin D can boost the immune system and may enhance your immunity.  It may help people with type 2 diabetes with insulin levels and control.  In children Vitamin D may lower their risk of developing type 1 diabetes if taken at an early age.  Vitamin D may help with depression and may lower the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.  In the brain there are many receptors for Vitamin D and an adequate supply of this vitamin may help maintain an  active and healthy mind.  Vitamin D may assist in slowing cancer growth in the prostate, colon and breast.

Vitamin D3 is available in supplement form in various strengths.  The average recommended level of Vitamin D for infants in 400 IU daily while for those over age 1 the level is 600 IU daily.  The upper intake levels recommended for those over 9 years of age are 4,000 IU.  Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and as such toxicity may occur if too much Vitamin D is taken.  It is important to consult with your health care professional to determine the correct amount of Vitamin D3 your body requires.