Supplements: Vitamin D3
We’ve touched on supplements before, but I came across this article from Dr. Andrew Weil and wanted to share it. He is raising his daily recommendation of 1000 IU Vitamin D to 2000 IU. Here’s the part that really made an impression on me:
To focus particularly on cancer prevention, two recent meta-analyses (in which data from multiple studies is combined) conducted by the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California at San Diego and colleagues suggested that raising blood levels of vitamin D could prevent one-half of the cases of breast cancer and two-thirds of the cases of colorectal cancer in the U.S. Discussing the breast cancer analysis, study author Cedric Garland, Dr.P.H., stated that “The serum level associated with a 50 percent reduction in risk could be maintained by taking 2,000 international units of vitamin D3 daily plus, when the weather permits, spending 10 to 15 minutes a day in the sun.”
I do not like taking pills, and for a long time I resisted supplementation because I figured that if I was eating a varied and healthy diet my body would get the nutrition that I need. But this is not the case with Vitamin D. Our bodies are equipped to generate enough vitamin D, but the fact is that most of us just don’t spend enough time outside (without sunscreen, eek!) to get to the vitamin D levels for optimum health. For this reason, vitamin D is joining my daily regimen of fish oil and probiotics.
I think it’s also worth noting that Dr. Weil recommends taking vitamin D with fat to promote absorption. With that in mind, I’m off to enjoy my breakfast of eggs scrambled in coconut oil!