Vitamin D-When and Why to Take

Those are some good questions to ponder: When and why do you take vitamin D? Most Americans have a vitamin D deficiency. The body creates it normally through sunlight however as we approach the winter months sunlight becomes scarce and the body may not be able to keep up with creating enough vitamin D naturally to sustain you body properly. 

When and why is vitamin D needed?
It is needed at all times but there may be times when you really need to have it in your system. It can help you in these areas:
  • It can prevent and/or treat osteoporosis
  • Can help control high blood pressure
  • Can serve as a protection against certain kinds of cancers
  • For women it can help in losing weight
  • Can strengthen your heart by a large margin
How to take Vitamin D
So it is recommended that you make sure that you get enough vitamin D in your body. You can take supplements such as vitamin D3, or you can consume these foods that are rich in vitamin D:
  • Orange juice
  • Fortified milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish such as Macerel
  • Cod liver oil
Take a vitamin D dose that is between 600 IU and 2000 IU but don't exceed 10,000 IU because this can create vitamin D toxicity. I would recommend that you visit your doctor and have a blood test done to see if you need vitamin D and if you do, they can then tell you how much based on your deficiency, weight, and other parameters. Don't neglect vitamin D, that's for sure!