More D Please

posted Jun 24, 2010, 8:38 AM by Sara@LS

Vitamin D is vital for healthy bones! It strengthens and protects bones and lowers your risk of developing osteoporosis. Many people don’t know how important vitamin D is for their health and most people don’t get enough.


There are three ways your body absorbs vitamin D:

  1. The best way is through food. However, vitamin D is only available in a few foods making it hard to reach the recommended daily amount (RDA) of 400-1,000 IU through food alone. The RDA depends on your age and doctor recommendations. Good sources include:
    1. Fatty fish like mackerel, salmon and tuna.
    2. Egg yolks, but don’t eat too many because they are high in cholesterol.
    3. Liver
    4. Milk, but not cheese, yogurt or butter.
    5. Some brands of orange juice, soymilk and cereals are fortified with vitamin D.


  1. Supplements and medications are another way but don’t take too many without consulting with your doctor. Some calcium supplements, multivitamins and medications already contain vitamin D, so read your labels


  1. Sunlight also helps your body produce vitamin D. It is a good idea for most people to get vitamin D from other sources to avoid the risk of skin cancer.


Vitamin D is necessary to help your body absorb calcium. With the combination of sufficient amounts of D and calcium, you will be reducing your possibility of osteoporosis significantly.


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Jun 24, 2010, 8:39 AM