As the days inevitably become shorter our bodies are unable to produce adequate levels of Vitamin D from the sunlight. The reduced angle of the sun has as much to do with this decline in Vitamin D conversion as the amount of exposure. See below to learn the importance in Vitamin D in your diet.
As Vitamin D is very important for the proper function of many systems in our bodies, supplementation of Vitamin D becomes important. Eating foods containing Vit D can help maintain proper levels. These foods include eggs, cheese, beef liver, and fatty fish. The levels of Vit D in these foods is small. Other foods such as cold cereals and whole milk are fortified with Vit D but which type of Vit D that is used is generally unknown. The bioavailability of this micronutrient is also under question.
There are diseases and conditions associated with low Vit D levels which include cardiovascular disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, chronic pain, Osteoporosis, and cancer. The best form of Vitamin D to take is D3. You should first have your Vitamin D levels evaluated with a blood test and then the proper dosage can be determined. If your blood levels are very low then a high dose of Vit D will be necessary to get these levels to an adequate amount. For maintenance supplementation taking 1,000 to 2,000 IU’s/day is generally considered safe but other experts recommend 5,000 IU’s for those who live in northern climates, e.g. Minnesota.
If you have any questions regarding starting a Vitamin D supplement, please consult with Dr. Chad Matilla at 763-497-0899 or your friendly physician prior.