Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Let’s face it, Maine residents don’t get enough sunlight. We experience long winters, which translates into more days out the year spent indoors. In addition to that, more snow equals more cloud cover. Even in many months where we are outside, it is still relatively chilly and we are in long pants and jackets. This can develop into long term health problems because sunlight is crucial in converting vitamin D into an active form which the body can utilize. Many people already know of the dangers of osteoporosis, particularly in women, but what about other health issues?

There has been a lot of recent research conducted to explore the health benefits of vitamin D. There was one published research article in the journal Anticancer Research that found a 50% reduction in chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis when the vitamin D blood saturation level was above 50 ng/ml. This is especially important news for Maine residents, as well as any other community in the north where sunlight is scarce. Vitamin D supplementation should absolutely be considered in everyone’s diet. Not only this, many consider the FDA recommendations to be the bare minimum for vitamin D supplementation. Personally, I feel the bare minimum vitamin D intake should be around 1,000 IU, and even more benefit can be found at the 4,000-5,000 IU levels. Every individual requires a different amount, but generally speaking, everybody needs more vitamin D.

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