Vitamin D is getting a lot of attention these days, and for good reason.
Vitamin D has been shown to cut the risk of certain cancers by 40%, as well as prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis.
In a Harvard study of 47,000 men, it was reported that vitamin D reduced the risks of cancers of the digestive system by 43%. In another study from UC San Diego, a daily dose of vitamin D showed to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 50%.
Your skin produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. While some months out of the year it’s tough to get enough sunlight, it is possible to eat foods that contain vitamin D. Good sources of D include seafood like, salmon, sardines, and mackerel.
According to the National Institutes of Health, adults up to age fifty need 200 International Units (IU) of vitamin D daily; those between the ages of 51 – 70 need 400 IU; while those older than 70 require 600 IU.