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Vitamin D: Are you getting enough?

Vitamin D has been making headlines lately as a recent study revealed that at least 9% of young Americans are vitamin D deficient! 1 Experts were surprised by those numbers, and now more is being done to help everyone understand the importance of vitamin D when it comes to good health. We encourage you to take a moment and learn little more about this important nutrient.

What is vitamin D?

Vtamin D is also known as a pro-hormone due to the fact that it helps to regulate development and metabolism (especially in the bones), while contributing to hormone production. 2 Therefore, it is important to consume the correct amount of vitamin D; too much is just as bad as too little. 2 3 Although getting too much vitamin D usually requires heavy supplementation, and there are now blood tests available to help you monitor your vitamin D levels.

So how does vitamin D contribute to your good health? Let’s take a look at some of it’s important functions once inside of the body:

  1. Healthy bone development – Vitamin D helps to maintain proper levels of calcium in the blood and boosts calcium deposits the bones. 2 3
  2. Cancer prevention – Since vitamin D is important to normal cellular growth and function, it may also play a role in the prevention and treatment of certain cancers. 2 3
  3. Healthy immune system – Vitamin D regulates the immune system as well as inflammation, making it very helpful for arthritus and autoimmune disorders, including inflammatory bowel disesase. 3

Sources of vitamin D

The two sources of vitamin D are exposure to sunlight and diet. When UV-B (ultra-violet B) rays in sunlight combine with cholesterol in skin cells, cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) is produced. However, UV-B rays are only present with great intensity between 10 AM and 2 PM in the warmer and tropical latitudes. 2

A more reliable source of vitamin D is your diet. Vitamin D in the diet can come from both plant and animal sources. However, it appears that the animal form (cholecalciferol or vitamin D3) has a better chance of being metabolized correctly within the body. 3 When you take vitamin D3, it is coverted by the liver and kidneys into a fully active form called calcitriol; so that it may perform the many functions listed above. 2 3

How much vitamin D do we need?

The USRDA of vitamin D is 400 IU. 3 However, some people may find that they need more vitamin D to help achieve and/or maintain optimum health. If you plan on taking more than 1000 IU of vitamin D daily, it may be a good idea to get your blood levels tested periodically in order to avoid toxicity. Also, high stress seems to increase the need for vitamin D and calcium within the body. 2

Vitamin D therapy

So what is the best way to get more vitamin D? We feel that a variety of methods in moderation may work the best. If you can, spend some time in the sun without sunscreen; 20-30 minutes, 2-3 times per week, during the peak hours of the day is optimal. You do not need to get burned or even tan.

You may also decide to take vitamin D supplements along with calcium and magnesium (to prevent a calcium deficiency). We like to use our Liquid Vitamin D along with our Liquid Calcium/Magnesium in some juice. For the results, take our Legendary Minerals with vitamin D and cal/mag to enhance absorption and assimilation. Use these products daily for the best results.

We feel that Vitamin D is a very important nutrient when it comes to good health; one that might have been forgotten over the course of the past few decades. However, we are glad that vitamin D is getting the mainstream attention it deserves so that everyone can enjoy better health. We wish you the very best in health.


  1. Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Risk Factors in Kids. Ed Edelson. HealthDay Reporter.
  2. The Miracle of Vitamin D. Krispin Sullivan, CN. The Weston A. Price Foundation.
  3. Vitamin D. The George Mateljan Foundation.
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