Discover the Value of Vitamin D
The US Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recently tripled the recommended daily vitamin D intake to 600 IU for people between 1 and 7
If there was ever such a thing as a “popular” vitamin, then vitamin D surely qualifies. After a flurry of scientific studies showed a link between vitamin D deficiency and increased risk of several chronic diseases, it captured widespread interest. Here are the basics to know about this compelling nutrient.
What does D do in the body?Vitamin D helps maintain blood levels of calcium, so it increases bone strength. It also works with calcium to prevent falls in seniors. But vitamin D is more than just calcium’s sidekick.
Intervention studies have shown that supplementing with vitamin D may provide modest benefits in helping you kick the winter blues and tamp down high blood pressure—and, if you have diabetes—balancing blood sugar. Population studies have uncovered a link between a lack of this vitamin and increased risk of cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s, osteoarthritis and multiple sclerosis.