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Text Box: Vitamin D can be made through skin exposure to UVB sunrays. However, how much vitamin D that can be produced by the skin varies depending on: age, sun angle, season, skin color, application of sunscreen, and chronic diseases

Should You Take Vitamin D?

Vitamin D deficiency has been found to affect approximately 30-50% of the population.  For some  time now, it has been known that vitamin D is important in facilitating calcium absorption in the body to promote bone health, but more recently, it has been discovered that vitamin D may play a larger role in your overall health and well being. Current studies are looking at the link between vitamin d deficiency and increases in: depressive symptoms, fibromyalgia, cardiovascular disease,  and diabetes among other chronic diseases. 

The National Osteoporosis Foundation currently recommends that adults <50 years old get 400-800IU vitamin D daily and adults >50 years old get 800-1000IU daily. There are three ways to get vitamin D: food, sunlight, and vitamin supplementation.  Vitamin D is found naturally in very few foods,  so it can be hard to get all the vitamin D you need through food intake.  Foods containing vitamin D are fatty fish (such as mackerel, salmon, or tuna), egg yolks & liver, as well as products that have supplemented vitamin d such as some milks, orange juices and cereals. Vitamin D is also produced in the skin when exposed to UVB rays, which can be very limited during Minnesota winters. Many people take vitamin supplements containing D in order to reach the recommended daily intake.  To read  more on current studies &  vitamin D follow  links below.

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Text Box: Sources of vitamin D: fatty fish, liver, egg yolks, sunlight, vitamin supplements, and products supplemented like orange juice & milk