Vitamin D deficiency has become epidemic. In fact, roughly 85% of Americans are deficient in this essential vitamin. Deficiencies in vitamin D are linked to cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and autism, to name a few.
We obtain vitamin D naturally through exposure to sunlight as well as from food sources - salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, cod liver oil, egg yolks, dairy and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Here are the top 5 benefits of vitamin D:
1) Strengthens bones and promote a healthy immune system.
2) Prevents brittle bones and muscle weakness.
3) Prevents cardiovascular disease.
Lowers blood pressure
4) Aids in weight management.
5) Treats depression.
The benefits of vitamin D are endless! The best source of vitamin D is sunlight in the mid-day hours long enough for the skin to have a pinkish hue; however, when we shower or bathe, we lose this benefit. Because we are not getting enough sunlight to get adequate benefits, supplementation with 5,000 IU's of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) taken with a fat is necessary.