It’s that time of year in New England; not much sunshine and too cold to get much of it on your body. So what do we do about Vitamin D? While many of the experts disagree on the topic of vitamin supplements, most agree with the idea of taking some Vitamin D — particularly in the wintertime up north.
Dr. Neal Barnard is quoted on page 62 of our book:
Technically, vitamin D is not a vitamin at all. It’s actually a hormone produced by sunlight on your skin, which is then converted to its active forms as it passes through your liver and kidneys. Once activated, it helps you absorb calcium and helps protect your cells against cancer, among other functions. If you get plenty of sun, you do not need any vitamin D in your diet. Most of us are not that lucky, however. If you do not get regular sun exposure, taking a multivitamin containing 400 IU of vitamin D is important.
To further clarify, here’s a very recent video from Dr. Michael Greger of nutritionfacts.org on this subject. He suggests taking your D supplement with the largest meal of the day for best absorption. Take a look, it’s just over a minute.
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