Watch this video to find out more about this important vitamin! Many people don’t know that vitamin D is extremely important for overall health. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to serious problems and it can be a contributing factor when it comes to diseases like osteoporosis, rickets, osteomalacia, cancer, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis, obesity, hypertension, etc.
Vitamin D is naturally produced in the skin during the sun exposure. Darker skin has to be exposed to the sunlight a bit longer because it needs more time to synthesize vitamin D.
During the winter months, vitamin D levels are lower, because there is not enough sun outside. During this season, you should take vitamin D supplements and eat more foods that contain this vitamin (animal meat, fish, eggs and dairy products). If you are a vegetarian, you can consume fortified cereals and energy bars. It is important to have your vitamin D levels measured before you start taking any supplements. If your D level is too low, you will need higher doses. In severe deficiency, patients are given extremely large doses (up to 50, 000 International Units per week, or twice a month). However, once vitamin D levels reach normal, the doses will be modified.