The Benefits And Effects Of Vitamin D
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Why Everybody Should Be Taking Vitamin D
Known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is considered to be one of those essential vitamins that are crucial to our well being.Generally its levels are maintained by exposure to the sun, although it can be found in small amounts in certain food groups such as fish, eggs and some dairy products.
Vitamin D is essential for strong bone growth, improved moods, strength, improved fertility and sex drive and much much more. It is generally considered to be very healthy and has anti cancer properties.
A fat soluble nutrient, it is one of a group of 24 micronutrients that are essential for our survival, it is thought to reduce the risks of certain cancers, diabetes, heart disease and diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis.
Vitamin D comes from cholesterol, its production triggered from exposure to the sun, the amounts generated does depend on the actual level or intensity of the UV which is generally only of 100% sufficient strength in areas on and adjacent to the equator.
Shortfalls in Vitamin D Are more common in those with darker skin as these skin types have a greater resistance to the absorption of UV.
The use of sunscreen also has a marked effect on the ability to absorb and produce Vitamin D
How Much Vitamin D Do I Need
The minimum daily requirement of Vitamin Di is considered to be between 400 and 800 IU (international units) per day..
The recommended requirement per day really depends on where in the world you live (especially in relation to the equator) and the daily levels of UV exposure.
As an example it is suggested in northern Canada for example that you should take 4000IU per day, further south in the USA, this reduces to just 2000IU.
Research has shown that a safe maximum can be up to 10,000 IU with doses of 20,000 IU and over possibly toxic.
For the most of us,a daily supplementation of around 2000 IU is sufficient for most needs.
Of the differing types of Vitamin D, most experts believe that it is Vitamin D3 that is more effective and absorbed better in the body
Vitamin D3 Is also know as Cholecalciferol – a name commonly seen on the ingredient labels of supplement bottles.
Vitamin D3 is one of the few testosterone boosting compounds that has been subjected to some quite stringent studies and clinical trials
One double blind study involving 165 men saw the test subjects taking 3332 IU of Vitamin D3 per day, over the test period, these men saw a 30% increase in bioactive and free testosterone
The Uses And Benefits Of Vitamin D
Its probably easier to list what this crucial vitamin does not do..
Vitamin D has far reaching beneficial effects that help improve
- Chances Of NOT Developing Cancers And Certain Medical Conditions
- Testosterone Production
- Sex Drive And Fertility
- Muscle mass And Strength
- Cognitive Function
- Heart Health
- Body Fat
Should I Include Vitamin D in My Daily Supplementation
The answer to this is a resounding YES.. its effects are far reaching (especially if you are suffering the effects of low testosterone) and is something that everybody should be taking on daily basis.