Benefits of Vitamin D


There are many benefits of vitamin d.  Unfortunately, there are not many sources of vitamin d.  For that reason, it may be necessary to take a vitamin d supplement.  Of course, a regular multivitamin contains some vitamin d, but it may not contain enough.  Some doctors believe that almost everyone is deficient in vitamin d and could benefit from a supplement.


Benefits of Vitamin D

There are many benefits to taking vitamin d.

Vitamin d helps the body absorb calcium, thereby helping to prevent osteoporosis.  It is especially important to get enough vitamin d after menopause, when bone loss is most likely to occur.

Vitamin d has also been shown to enhance the immune system, thereby helping to prevent a number of diseases.  Sufficient levels of vitamin can enhance overall well-being.

Vitamin d has been shown to lower the risk of certain cancers, such as colon cancer.

Vitamin d has also been shown to reduce the risk of both type I and type II diabetes.

It is important not to take too much vitamin d.  Symptoms of vitamin d toxicity include poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, constipation, and weakness.  It can also increase the levels of calcium in the blood, which can lead to mental status changes such as confusion.  Too much calcium can also cause heart rhythm abnormalities.

Different sources recommend different amounts of vitamin d, but according to an article in the Harvard Public Health Review, adults should take in anywhere from 1000 to 2000 IU’s of vitamin D daily

Sources of Vitamin D

Vitamin d is found in some foods.  People also get vitamin d from sun exposure.

Food sources of vitamin d include:

  • Cod liver oil.
  • Certain types of fish, including mackerel, sardines, tuna, and salmon.
  • Milk.

Lesser food sources of vitamin d include:

  • Fortified ready-to-eat cereals.
  • Eggs.
  • Beef liver.
  • Swiss cheese.

Many foods such as cereals are often fortified with vitamin d, which is helpful.  Even so, it can be hard to get enough vitamin d from food and sunlight alone.  Therefore a vitamin d supplement is often recommended.  Of course, a regular multivitamin will contain some vitamin d, but even that may not be enough.  Some people are at a greater risk for vitamin d deficiency, including women who have been through menopause and people who have had gastric bypass surgery.  Those people should consider taking a d supplement in addition to a multivitamin in order to get all of the benefits of vitamin d.

There are two types of vitamin d, D2 and D3.  D3 is the kind to take if you decide to use a supplement.  It is more easily absorbed by the body.  Look for the type of vitamin d on the label of the product you are considering.  If it doesn’t specify the type, either choose a different brand or contact the manufacturer to find out which type it is.  You won’t reap all of the benefits of vitamin d if you take the wrong type.

Recommended Product

We recommend the Total Balance vitamins from Xtend-Life.  This is a multivitamin/multimineral supplement that also contains some amino acids and herbal extracts that are beneficial to overall health.  They contain 400 IU of vitamin D3.  This is not the full amount of vitamin d that you’ll need for the day, but if you eat a balanced diet including sources of vitamin d and get a little exposure to the sun, you will probably be able to meet the daily requirement.  Xtend-Life does make a Total Balance Premium vitamin that contains some additional ingredients, but it only contains an additional 40 IU of vitamin d, so it won’t really make a difference in terms of your vitamin d intake.

Xtend-Life supplements use the highest quality ingredients available, and they use a manufacturing process that preserves the health benefits of these ingredients.  That way you get the full benefits of vitamin d.  Because of this, they are a bit more expensive than other vitamins of lesser quality.  Your health is well worth the cost, however.

To learn more about Total Balance, just follow this link to the Xtend-Life website.



More than the benefits of vitamin d on our facts about vitamins page

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