Low Levels of Vitamin D Increases Health Risks

Experts suspect that low levels of vitamin D raise your risk of getting osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Find out how to get enough of this important vitamin.



vitamin D importance
Taking a 15 minute walk outside around lunchtime may help you get your daily dose of vitamin D during summer months, though for most people a supplement is a more reliable source of vitamin D, says Walter Willett, M.D., of Harvard Medical School.
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Our chief source of vitamin D is sunshine.
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“A lot of ‘fibromyalgia’ is probably vitamin D deficiency.” — Bruce W. Hollis, M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
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sunscreen
SPF 8 sunblock reduces the skin’s vitamin D production by 95 percent.
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Shiitake mushrooms dried (gills up) in the sun have a whopping 46,000 IU of vitamin D per 100 grams!
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