Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Vitamin D Major Contributor to Optimal Health

Vitamin D is essential for good health, especially for healthy bones and heart, and your body’s ability to absorb calcium. A recent study, published in Archives of Internal Medicine showed that 3 out of 4 Americans are deficient in vitamin D. The body doesn’t synthesize vitamin D on its own so people could either take supplements or get appropriate sunlight exposure for their skin tone per day.

The problem is that many people forget and stay in the sun too long without SPF protection, which damages the skin, your body’s largest organ. And for many, sunlight is hard to come by, especially in the winter months and is proved insufficient north of the 42 latitude region from December through February. There are other factors that minimize vitamin D with the sunlight aborption method such as smog, season, time of day, or cloud cover.

Very Few Foods Contain Vitamin D: Oily fish: tuna, salmon, sardines, mackerel, and cod liver oils. Trace amounts are found in some mushrooms, egg yolk, cheese, and fortified food products.

Get your vitamin D for breakfast:
Try a toasted small whole wheat high fiber bagel, lowfat cream cheese with a dash of dried dill, 2 oz smoked salmon, 2 slices tomato, and a wedge of lemon. Delicious!

Check out the radio story on National Public Radio (NPR) from Morning Edition March 24, 2009 for more information.

The recommended daily allowance for vitamin D is 200 IU for most adults, but could be more, according to some research.

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