If you draw a line across the United States, and you live anywhere north of the line that connects Los Angeles, CA and Columbia South Carolina (I have also seen maps that connect between LA and Georgia), you may need MORE sunshine or more vitamin D, especially during the winter months. From October to April, many people take a daily Vitamin D supplement to help fight symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency. Many take them year round to help with certain health challenges or for insurance they have enough of this nutrient that has many health benefits.
The Positive Health Wellness blog had an excellent article about determining if you are deficient in Vitamin D. You can read that here: How To Tell If You Are Vitamin D Deficient.
WebMD says this in regard to symptoms of vitamin d deficiency:
“Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean you have a vitamin D deficiency. However, for many people, the symptoms are subtle. Yet, even without symptoms, too little vitamin D can pose health risks. Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children and cancer.”
Vitamin D deficiency has played a role in the following illnesses people have had:
Cancer (17 different kinds)
High blood pressure
Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Do you get enough Vitamin D in your daily diet?
What we have learned:
“Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” is made in the body when the rays of the sun are absorbed by the skin. Health care professionals and nutrition research scientists have known for years that it’s needed to help build and maintain strong bones. But recent research indicates vitamin D may do much more than that. From helping promote heart health to maintaining a strong immune system, getting enough vitamin D is essential to your health. The recommended dietary intake of vitamin D recently increased to 600 IU a day for adults up to age 70. If you’re 71 years of age and older, 800 IU a day is recommended. However, some nutrition experts recommend even higher amounts – 1,000 to 2,000 IU a day for adults. You may not be getting enough vitamin D if you get very little sun exposure, use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you are exposed to the sun, are elderly, or have darker skin pigmentation. While 10–15 minutes a day of sun exposure can boost vitamin D levels in the body, the winter months can make this difficult to achieve and very few foods in nature contain adequate amounts of vitamin D. To play it safe, boost your dietary intake with supplemental vitamin D.”
Source: Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D.
All Vitamin D supplements are not created equal. It’s important to do your homework and find a brand that is going to deliver results in terms of your body being able to absorb the nutrients so that you can get the benefits. Absorption is key, as well as the quality of ingredients.
Shaklee’s Vita-D3 is subjected to over 300 tests to guarantee product purity. Vita-D3 is the culmination of recent scientific research including two Shaklee industry-leading vitamin D studies. Vitamin D and other supplements have been proven to help us be healthier (at least the brand we recommend have) and Shaklee Vitamin D3 is clinically supported and proven to significantly raise blood levels of vitamin D in your body.