I live in New England. That says a lot about how much sun I get! So what does vitamin D have to do with sun? A lot more than you think. Humans get most of their vitamin D from the sun, naturally. I stay mostly indoors for at least three months of the year. The rest of the months I can't get adequate sun because of working indoors or trying to stay out of the heat with a baby during the summer. Even if I would be outdoors more, I can't always walk around in a bathing suit to get good sun on the majority of my skin!
Why take a vitamin D supplement? There has been a lot of research done on this particular nutrient in the past few years. Vitamin D is a lot more vital than previously thought, it is not just for bone health - the immune system will not function properly without adequate vitamin D! Many studies have shown a direct correlation between occurrence of colds/flu and vitamin D deficiency. When you do not get enough, and most of us don't, your natural defenses against disease and sickness are impaired. I can actually attest to the fact that we've had fewer colds and no flu since we have started taking vitamin D.
Unfortunately, dermatologists and sunscreen manufacturers have campaigned long and hard to instill fear of the sun in us, aiding in the rise of chronic diseases. Some doctors affirm that skin cancer is much more likely caused by sunburn and sunscreen than casual sun exposure. If you think there is nothing wrong with your sunscreen, check it out on the Skin Deep Database. Safe exposure to the sun is not only beneficial, it will do wonders to your health. All you need is ten to twenty minutes a day, on a good part of your skin. Prolonged exposure and sunburn are never good for you, the sun is a powerful force not to mess with.
Why do I prefer Carlson Vitamin D 2000 IU? There really is no better source of vitamin D than the sun. But climate and circumstances may prevent many of us from that much needed dose. You could eat salmon to get some vitamin D, although you might be aware of the sad state of world seafood supply these days. I choose this particular brand because it is in the form of cholecalciferol, not ergocalciferol. The latter is documented to be two to three times less effective than the first. Moreover, cholecalciferol is a naturally derived form of vitamin D whereasergocalciferol is synthetic. Taking synthetic vitamins will just about do as much good for your health as eating non-edible objects. I exaggerate that a little, but not too much! I also like Carlson for using natural inactive ingredients and for the good reputation of the company. I prefer the 2,000 IU. Why? Because research shows that a healthy human utilizes about 3,000 to 5,000 IU of cholecalciferol a day. So 2,000 IU is the minimum for me, leaving some room for sun exposure. In fact, studies show that young white people make between 10,000 and 25,000 IU in a relatively brief period of sun exposure.
This leaves me with one refrain "Enough winter already! Bring on the sunny days of spring and summer!"
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Vitamin D helps regulate and control the metabolism of Calcium and Phosphorus by aiding in the absorption of these two minerals from the small intestine, and by directly affecting the rate at which these minerals form and maintain bone. It is also vital for proper immune system function.