Vitamin D IS sexy

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Somehow the more unusual sounding or expensive  a nutritional supplement may be, the more certain  people may be intrigued and be willing to pay big bucks for it. The directions on the bottle are then followed almost with a religious zeal. But then there are your everyday supplements such as vitamin D that many may take for granted and not adhere to their regimen.

It’s a relationship that too many people take for granted.

Well, listen up. Vitamin D deserves your respect and it’s time to pay attention to this incredibly valuable nutrient.

Here’s the latest news on the sunshine vitamin:

•    A review of five clinical studies,  with more than 4,000 subjects which  looked  at vitamin D status and  breast cancer survival, found that those with the highest vitamin D status had about twice the survival rate of those women with the lowest.

•    An Australian study of more than 600 elderly subjects, aged 60 to 84, showed that those  over 70 years who took 60,000 IU vitamin D per month (the equivalent of  2,000 IU per day) took significantly  fewer antibiotics than compared to those that did not take any vitamin D.

•    Another review  of 17  studies on children and adolescents,  which included more than  25,000 subjects, showed that a higher vitamin D status was linked to a better profile of  various fats in the blood. For example, there was a link between higher blood levels of vitamin D and the beneficial HDL-cholesterol readings.

Keep in mind that if you do forget to take your vitamin D one day, you can double up the next day.

Do you take vitamin D? Do you remember to take it regularly?  Please share in the comment section below.

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Categories: Research Roundup

Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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4 Comments on “Vitamin D IS sexy”

  1. Sheryl Murray
    March 12, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    Both my rheumatologist and my optometrist told me to take Vit D. Question for you: should it not be taken with a fat source for best absorption?

    • March 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

      That’s a great question, Sheryl! While vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, it does not to be taken with fat or with meals for absorption. And as I mentioned in my post, you can take it in larger doses and then skip days. Some people may take it once a week. But it’s key to find a regimen that works best for you. I’d also like to point out that, in extremely rare cases, some people have reported a stomach upset with large doses.

  2. Vicky Dekker
    March 28, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Is there any toxicity, taking such large doses?

  3. March 28, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    Vicky, the upper limit (what’s called Tolerable Upper Intake Level -UL) is 4,000 IU for adults and lower for children. You can see the various levels at http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/.

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