Vitamin D Deficiency is More Common Than You May Think
Life has moved indoors. Admit it – you spend way more time inside than outside. Which means, like most people around the world, you’re probably not getting enough sunlight to provide your body with the vitamin D it needs to thrive.
Why Is Vitamin D So Important?
Vitamin D can help enable normal mineralization of your bones, supports normal function of the cardiovascular system and contributes to the normal function of the immune system.*
Sources of Vitamin D
Sunshine generates vitamin D in your skin. The National Institutes of Health recommends 5 to 30 minutes of sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at least twice a week on the face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen. But that’s just a rough estimate, since it doesn’t take into account cloud cover, or shade, pollution, and sunscreen use, all of which block the UVB rays from the sun that start the process of vitamin D synthesis in the skin.
Milk contains about 100 IU vitamin D per 8-ounce glass — clearly not enough to realistically achieve the optimal supplement level of 2,000 IU/day. Of commonly consumed foods, the highest in vitamin D is oily fish like salmon, which provides about 100 IU vitamin D per ounce.
Note: For people with dark pigmented skin, greater amounts of melanin in the epidermal layer reduce the skin’s ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight.
The Good News
There are daily supplements available that are packed with enough vitamin D to guard against dietary insufficiency and support bone health, cardiovascular health and your immune system.*
Taking supplemental vitamin D is an easy way to ensure that you’re getting the optimal amount, 2,000 IU/day, without increasing your risk of skin cancer or skin aging from excessive sun exposure.
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*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.