D is for Dan…and Vitamin D

Meet Dan, our Ocean store’s Clinical Nutritionist. He’s been noticing a lot of people asking about Vitamin D lately as a supplement for cold & flu season, so he decided to write a little piece about it to help you further understand its uses. Thank you, Dan!
Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin by Daniel Sobon
    If you’ve been paying attention to current health news you’ve noticed that vitamin D has been a hot topic. There are many questions regarding supplementation of vitamin D, so hopefully this brief article will clear up some confusion.
    The two most common forms of vitamin D are D-2 (ergocalciferol) and D-3 (cholecalciferol).  Vitamin D-2 is found in plants and fungi. Vitamin D-3 is found in animals and is the form of ‘D’ we get from adequate sunlight exposure.  Vitamin D-3 is the preferred form, not only because it’s more active and effective, it’s the form that is used in clinical health studies. (Side Note: If your bottle of vitamin D does not say “D-3” on the front label, simply check the nutrition facts for the word “cholecalciferol”; that’s D-3)
    Increasing your levels of vitamin D into optimum range [40-60 ng/ml, (nanograms per milliliter) *ask your doctor about checking your levels of vitamin D] has been shown to have tremendous benefits:
  • Prevents cold and flu through increased immune activity
  • Protects us from many forms of cancer
  • Increases bone strength by promoting calcium absorption
  • Helps prevent heart disease
  • Helps prevent diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity
  • Increases mental function and alleviates symptoms of depression.
  • Helps maintain healthy weight and proper muscle tone.
    Clinical research suggests that the average person in America is deficient in vitamin D (baseline adequate levels are 30 ng/ml. We are averaging 18 ng/ml) despite the intake of a multiple vitamin, calcium formula, and sun exposure. Being that vitamin D toxicity is highly unlikely, consuming 40,000 i.u. daily for two months before any signs of excess, I am suggesting the following range of dosages for your consideration. *Check with your doctor before embarking on any nutritional program.  Getting your vitamin D levels checked is a great way to be proactive with your health.
        Proper dosages are determined by age and weight.  A simple, safe guideline for maintaining ideal vitamin D levels are as follows:
        infants 400-800 i.u.
        Children 6yrs – 12yrs 800-1600 i.u.
        13yrs – 24yrs  1600-4000 i.u.
        25yrs – 65+yrs 4000-8000+ i.u. (*If a blood test reveals a vitamin D deficiency, the higher potency range may be required to ensure adequate levels)

One response to “D is for Dan…and Vitamin D

  1. I want to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every bit of it.
    I have got you book marked to look at new things you post…

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