Vitamin D deficiency is serious business
Some people are at a greater risk of vitamin D deficiency than others. The average is around 41.6%.
Deficiency of this vitamin is a known cause of a bone disease in children, called rickets. It has also been connected to many other health issues such as osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, sclerosis, cancer, and many others.
Health benefits of getting a lot of vitamin D
Some of the health benefits are:
– Strength –increases physical strength, in both lower and upper limbs.
– Osteoporosis, falls and fractures – higher doses of the vitamin can prevent falls, osteoporosis and fractures.
– Depression – mild reduction in symptoms.
– Cancer – the vitamin may prevent cancer. 1100 IU per day, together with calcium, reduced the risk of cancer by 60%.
– Type 1 diabetes – 2000 IU of this vitamin per day, reduced the risk of this type of diabetes by 78%.
– Mortality – reduces the risk of dying throughout the study periods, suggesting that it may help you live longer.
How much should you take?
First you need to do is measure your blood levels.
Anything under 12 ng/mL – deficient.
Anything above 20 ng/mL – adequate.
Make sure to take vitamin D3.
Other important vitamins are vitamin A, vitamin K2 and magnesium.
What happens if you take too much vitamin D?
Toxicity of vitamin D is very rare, and it only happens if you take ludicrous doses for a longer period of time.