Did you know over 40% of all adults are Vitamin D deficient…and so are about 20% of kids in the Canada!
Even though we are entering summer.. we need to be more aware of our Vitamin D levels! Due to our northern latitude, Canadian adults should consider taking a vitamin D supplement. Talk to your doctor about taking 1000 international units (IU) a day year round.
Why is Vitamin D so important? Not getting enough Vitamin D can make you susceptible to developing osteoporosis, 17 types of cancers (particularly colorectal and breast cancers), MS and other autoimmune diseases, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, and more.
Vitamin D is so important to your body because it helps to make enzymes and various proteins in your body to help prevent these diseases and keep you healthy.
You’re probably not getting enough vitamin D if you:
- are over 50
- have dark skin
- don’t go outside very much
- wear clothing covering most of your skin
At Ironside Fitness we recommend and sell AOR Vitamin D3 in liquid form. As Vitamin D is fat soluble, taking it in a liquid (emerged in a fat), increases in the absorbability in the body! Ask any staff member about this product next time you are in!
Research from many observational studies over the last 20 years has shown a relationship between vitamin D and cancer risk. A number of studies have also been published looking at the relationship between other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) brought together a working group to review the evidence on vitamin D and cancer. In their 2008 report, they concluded that:
- there is a relationship between low vitamin D and colorectal cancer
- there is limited evidence for breast cancer
- there is no evidence for prostate cancer
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an organization that reviews research and provides advice to governments in Canada and the US. For example, they provide recommendations on specific nutrients like vitamin D and how much to take. Because of all of this new research, the IOM updated their recommendations in 2011, concluding that:
- vitamin D plays an important role in bone health
- there is not enough evidence to be certain that vitamin D plays a role in other health outcomes, including cancer
Read more on this topic: http://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/live-well/vitamin-d/?region=on#ixzz3pyyTWyme