We have all heard about the great benefits of vitamin D, but have you ever wondered how much vitamin d you should take? Vitamin D, especially for women, is an essential supplement to help ensure a healthy lifestyle, especially as we age.Â Many of my clients understand the importance of vitamin d, however, they are never sure just quite HOW much vitamin d they need. Today I’m here to clear up that controversy.
How Much Vitamin D Should I Take?
The amount of vitamin D you should take varies depending on who you ask. There are some people who will tell you that the amount of vitamin D you get in your multi-vitamin is enough and you don’t need any additional supplements. However, most people unknowingly have a vitamin D deficiency, which makes the small dosage of vitamin D in your multi-vitamin insufficient.
A vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone decay, which can lead to osteomalacia or even more serious forms of osteoporosis. A deficiency in vitamin D has also been linked to causing an increase in falls, certain forms of cancer, muscle pain and even an increase risk of catching the flu. Taking a vitamin D supplement daily will help to reduce your deficiency as well as decrease your risk of having these problems.
Researchers offer varied doses depending on which of the ‘problems’ you are trying to avoid. Which can make it difficult if you are trying to avoid more than one problem. (Personally, I don’t know anyone that would take a supplement just to avoid one possible illness, as opposed to all of them, but anyways.)
Research has shown that it is safe to take up to 10,000IU of vitamin D daily – WOAH! Actually there are some days that I have taken that much, especially during the winter or days when I know my immune system is compromised. Doing this helps me to prevent getting the flu.
But I’m not going to tell you to take 10,000 IUs of vitamin D a day. What I will recommend, is that you should be taking between 2,000-5,000IU’s of Vitamin D daily. Adding this extra boost of vitamin D into your diet on a daily basis will help to boost your immune system (decreasing your chances of getting a cold), while helping to increase your bone density (decreasing your chances of getting osteoporosis).
When buying a vitamin D supplement, make sure you buy pill that has at least 1,000IUs. This dosage will allow you to change the amount of vitamin d you take on a daily basis, depending on your personal needs.
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