Understanding Vitamin D
Article contributed by Amy Moll, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Vitamin D has been receiving a lot of attention lately due to the mounting research on the negative effects of not having enough of it. Vitamin D is produced by the body when adequate sunlight hits the skin. Widespread Vitamin D deficiency in the US population is thought to be caused by the use of sunscreen, excess fear, lack of sun exposure, and living in Northern regions. According to recent research, the Vitamin D Council recommends healthy blood levels to be between
50 – 100 ng/ml. This can be checked with a 25(OH) Vitamin D blood test.
Vitamin D3, or cholcalciferol, is the best supplement form to take for those who have deficiencies. Vitamin D requires other fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A and K and certain trace minerals in order to be properly utilized by the body, therefore, a holistic view of nutrition is essential when considering Vitamin D supplementation.
Vitamin D deficiency can play a role in
· Autoimmune Disease
· Birth Defects
· Chronic Pain
· Heart Disease
· Muscle Weakness
· Muscle Wasting