The Vitamin Every Woman Needs

New research suggests vitamin D is the Wonder Woman nutrient

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The Vitamin Every Woman Needs

New research suggests vitamin D is the Wonder Woman nutrient

-Susan Crandell

orange juiceIn seventh-grade science class we all learned that if you don’t get enough vitamin D, you get rickets. Bet you didn’t know that too little D can also make you fat. A recent study of women in California found that the heavier women had lower levels of what is emerging as the vitamin world’s superstar.

Recent research has linked D deficiency to a risk reduction for a mind-blowing range of ailments, from heart disease and stroke to diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, 18 forms of cancer including breast and ovarian, digestive disorders like Crohn’s disease, even depression and chronic pain. Some studies suggest it protects against colds and flu.

Here’s the lowdown on this wonder woman nutrient.

What D does It’s a fat-soluble vitamin that helps the body absorb calcium and helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphorous in the blood.

How much do I need? The magic number used to be 200 IUs a day, but most experts now recommend double that amount.

Do I have enough? A blood test will reveal your level; what’s healthy varies depending on your gender and age.

How do I boost my D? Experts ascribe the current epidemic of D deficiency to sunscreen. Because we’re vigilant about using sunscreen, we’re not getting as much D from sunlight, a  major source. People with darker skin, which has more melanin, are at greater risk of running low on D. The solution: Eat foods rich in vitamin D, like salmon, tuna, or egg yolks, or foods that are fortified with D (milk, cereal, orange juice). Or choose a supplement. Most calcium supplements include vitamin D.

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  1. Lots of vitamin D is essential to fight off osteoporosis. I was shocked to find out I was only in my late 50s and in “mid-stage” osteoporosis, which means it’d been going on for years and I didn’t know it. The doctor immediately prescribed a large dose of it. I never wear sunscreen, but then I rarely go in the sun, being nearly milk white already. By the way, milk has Vitamin D added to it, so that’s a good source.

  2. Hi Bryony!
    I am currently doing a lot of research on Vitamin D, Calcium levels, and the link between Osteoporosis and muscular problems. One thing this article doesn’t mention is that it’s not only linked to poor BMD (bone mineral density) but individuals who had lower vitamin D levels also experienced muscle weakness/imbalance problems especially in the lower half of their body like their hips/pelvic region. This is why so many older adults (65+) are so susceptible to stress fractures.
    But you know what is even scarier? You are in your mid 50’s and in “mid-stage” which is not good…but I’m in my early twenties and my vitamin D is so low that I am considered at the end of the scale where rickets develops. I’m now taking 800 IU a day to solve the issue but there are probably a lot of people out there like me who should get their levels checked if they live in cold/northern climates!

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