Why Vitamin D?

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on February 18, 2013

While having my hair cut at the salon the other day, I overheard the woman next to me chatting with her stylist about vitamins. They were both running through the list of what they take and both listed off very enthusiastically that they were taking Vitamin D. The stylist began to chuckle and bit and said, Im not really sure why Im taking it, but I keep hearing I should! This is something I hear a lot of, so I wanted to provide the down and dirty on our good friend, Vitamin D.

I recently completed a seminar on nutrition, and the point that was made repeatedly was that if there was one, and only one, supplement that people should be taking, it should be Vitamin D. Part of the reason for this is that clinical research supports Vitamin D supplementation for so many various conditions. These include:

Musculoskeletal pain        Type 2 Diabetes                             Osteporosis
Hypertension                    Cardiovascular Disease                  Syndrome X
Chronic low back pain      Multiple Sclerosis                           PCOS
Depression                        Epilepsy                                           Osteoarthritis

One of the most critical things to understand about Vitamin D is that it is created in the body via exposure to UV sunlight. This means that those of us who live in regions that dont allow for adequate amounts of sunlight exposure year round are almost automatically deficient. In fact, deficiency of Vitamin D is being linked to specific types of cancers such as breast, ovarian, and testicular, and rates of these cancers are much higher in the northern part of our country where winters arent so kind.

So now we know why we should take it, but the next question is always how much. Keep in mind that every person is different, and the only way to know where you are personally is to have your levels checked. That said, if you live in a location that allows for adequate sun exposure, a good maintenance dose is typically 1000 IU/day. Otherwise, during times of the year when we are particularly isolated from UV sunlight, you can safely up that dose to 5000 IU/day.

Yours in Health,
Breanna Tivy, D.C.