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Vitamin D

According to the 2010 Canadian Health Measures Survey, two-thirds of Canadians are not getting adequate vitamin D to prevent major diseases. A fat-soluble nutrient, vitamin D is fundamental to good health and helps to support strong bones and teeth by helping the body efficiently absorb calcium.

Due to recent findings in numerous studies, the Canadian Cancer Society advises that all adults in Canada talk to their healthcare practitioner about supplementing with 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily during fall and winter months. In addition, the Canadian Cancer Society recommends that people at a higher risk of having low vitamin D levels should consider taking 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily year-round. Those at risk include:

  • Older adults
  • Individuals with dark skin
  • People who spend significant time indoors
  • Anyone who is a heavy sunblock user or who always shields his/her skin in sunlight

 

About Vitamin D

Vitamin D is known as “the sunshine vitamin” because it is produced in the body when ultraviolet light acts upon the skin. Vitamin D is primarily found in two forms: vitamin D2, which is derived from plant material, and premium vitamin D3, which is the same form our own body naturally produces when exposed to sun, and is more absorbable. Very few foods naturally contain vitamin D, while heavy clothing, cloudy weather and sun avoidance can all inhibit the production of vitamin D in the body.

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