Best Sources of Vitamin D (Video)


| 3/25/2015 9:18:00 AM


Tags: mushrooms, vitamin D, Hannah Kincaid, Kansas,

I’ve read that most people don’t get enough vitamin D. How much do we really need, and what are the best sources of vitamin D?

A 2009 study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that 75 percent of adolescents and adults in the United States have insufficient levels of “the sunshine vitamin” in their blood. Our bodies convert the sun’s ultraviolet rays to vitamin D, but because many of us work mostly indoors — and often apply sunscreen when we do spend prolonged time outside — our exposure to vitamin D-producing rays is low.

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine increased its official recommended daily dietary allowance for vitamin D from 200 international units (IU) to 600 IU. Some experts, however, think our daily intake should be much higher. The Vitamin D Council recommends 5,000 IU per day for adults — more than eight times higher than the official recommended daily allowance.

So why do we need this nutrient? Vitamin D is commonly associated with bone health because it helps the gut absorb calcium, which is the building block for strong bones. Vitamin D also activates genes that regulate the immune system, and a growing body of research suggests this important nutrient plays a role in the prevention of colon, prostate and breast cancers; high blood pressure; and diabetes. Seasonal Affective Disorder — which often strikes during winter, the darkest time of the year — has also been linked to low levels of vitamin D.

Most people are able to meet at least some of their vitamin D needs through exposure to sunlight. The amount of time needed in the sun varies greatly from person to person, and the variables include skin type, the amount of skin exposed, your age, the time of day and the season. Aim to find a balance between soaking up vitamin D-rich rays and protecting your skin from sun damage.


narble
7/27/2015 8:19:24 AM

Vitamin D is also found in raw milk. It is destroyed in the heat of processing. If you can, drink this to boost your vitamin D levels.


dittrich@primus.
4/6/2015 11:48:11 AM

To get your proper amount of Vitamin D, try gardening in the nude, it not only feels great, it is also very healthy for body and mind.


cookforgood
4/6/2015 7:34:54 AM

For more on vitamin D, mushrooms, and my recipe for lettuce-mushroom wraps, see this Mother Earth News blog post: http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/mushrooms-to-create-vitamin-d-with-sunshine-zbcz1503.aspx


vitaminoutlet
3/25/2015 6:48:49 PM

Mushrooms are so tasty too! And so many recipes that they can be used in. Thanks for the post.




Crowd at Seven Springs MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Sept. 15-17, 2017
Seven Springs, PA.

With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.

LEARN MORE