So the other day I went to my Doctor for my annual checkup and blood work thinking everything was fine only to find out that I was seriously deficient in Vitamin D. At first I thought, big deal I’ll take a vitamin supplement, it can’t kill me. Then I started reading up on what Vitamin D really does in the body. The fact that I am in a dark cave most of the time didn’t help.
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from your diet.
Here’s a breakdown of some possible symptoms and who it can affect:
Low vitamin D can affect all ages. Common symptoms are low back pain, muscle weakness, muscle aches, bone pain, some types of chest wall pain and leg pain.
Some other possible symptoms are:
Some long term possible issues are:
While there are very good sources of Vitamin D in foods, the amounts you would have to eat can add up quickly in both calorie and cost. Milk has 100 units for 8 oz, so you would have to drink ten glasses per day to get the recommended dose. Salmon (the farmed cheaper kind) is about 200 units per 4 oz, so you would have to eat 12 oz per day. This can all add up in cost. Wild salmon is about 500 units per 4 oz. but at a price of 25$ per lb can get pretty pricy. Cod liver oil also may work but the taste can be less than desirable, but at 400 units per tsp or so 2 to 2.5 tsp is just about the right maintenance dose. Sun exposure also helps the body produce Vitamin D
So with this information adding Vitamin D to your daily supplements would be the easiest and most cost effective way to get your daily allowance. .
The evidence shows that all adults should take or eat at least 700 to 1000 units per day to prevent falls and fractures.
So go get your Vitamin D!