Nearly 73% of Canadians takes some form of natural supplements. Among the many supplements that are taken1 each year, one of the most important is Vitamin D. Vitamin D is well known as an essential nutrient for bone and joint health. People who are deficient in Vitamin D can suffer from serious bone and joint problems. In addition to this, there are five more reasons you should be taking Vitamin D as a supplement:
No Sun, No Vitamin D: About 90% of vitamin D is obtained through the UV rays from sunlight exposure. Living in Canada, this becomes a challenge as the amount of daylight is inadequate. Not only are we not getting enough sunlight but the sunlight itself is weak during the fall and winter months. This makes supplementing with Vitamin D very important.2
Vitamin D Can Lower Your Blood Pressure: High blood pressure? Vitamin D might be the answer: a recent study at Boston University showed that patients who took vitamin D had more normalized blood pressure even after a nine-month follow up!3
Vitamin D Can Lower The Risk Of Multiple Sclerosis: A 2004 study in the journal Neurology showed that women who took 400IU of Vitamin D per day are 40% less likely to develop multiple sclerosis4 . To compare, the amount of Vitamin D Health Canada recommends is 600IU5.5
Vitamin D and Weight Loss: Vitamin D might be beneficial for weight loss! A recent Italian study showed that people who were trying to lose weight and supplemented with Vitamin D had lost more weight than people who were Vitamin D deficient. Given our climate and low D levels, this may be a good idea for those trying to lose weight6.
Help Lower Your Risk Of Cancer: Some studies have shown that taking Vitamin D in combination with Calcium can help lower the risk of some cancers7, especially colorectal and breast cancer. This is great news considering colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer affecting nearly 25,100 Canadian annually8. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer in women affecting nearly 25,000 women annually9.
To learn more about Vitamin D levels and recommended daily intake, and to get started on your Vitamin D plan, please visit: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/vitamin/vita-d-eng.php