Vitamin D, The Sunshine Vitamin!
Q: Hi Dr. Liz! What is Vitamin D good for?
A: Vitamin D is so very good for many things. Clinical trials have shown Vitamin D’s preventative benefits ranging from Cancer to High Blood Pressure to the Swine Flu, and Fibromyalgia.
Q: I guess it’s pretty important to have enough Vitamin D?
A: It sure is! Adequate intake of Vitamin D is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption. This proper balance provides us with healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions including Heart Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, both Type 1 and Type to including Insulin resistance.
Q: Wow Dr. Liz! That’s incredible!
A: Yes! Vitamin D was actually discovered by scientists in the early 20th Century when they were looking for a cure for Rickets. Many studies have been conducted since, showing a powerful assistance to prevention for many diseases. The overall result is beneficial in reducing the risk of adverse health risks overall.
Q: Is Vitamin D healthy for my skin?
Vitamin D contributes to skin cell growth, repair and metabolism. It optimizes the skin’s immune system and destroys free radicals that cause the body to age prematurely. Other Vitamins that are good for your skin include Vitamin A, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, E and K.
Q: What kind of Vitamin is Vitamin D?
A: Vitamin D is a fat-soluble Vitamin. Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Vitamin K are also fat-soluble Vitamins.
Q: Can I get Vitamin D from the Sun?
A: Yes. Vitamin D can be absorbed through the skin and eyes. As we get older, our skin is less likely to absorb the Vitamin D as effectively. It’s a good idea to get your Vitamin D count checked when you go for your annual checkup with your doctor.
Q: How much Vitamin D is healthy?
A: Most adults can benefit by taking 1000 to 4000 IU of Vitamin D daily. The recommended for of Vitamin D is Vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol. Vitamin D2 is also ok.
Q: Hi Liz! Can Vitamin D help with Fibromyalgia?
A: Yes! Vitamin D is known to help many Fibromyalgia patients.
Q: Does Vitamin D actually decrease pain?
A: Yes! Vitamin D has been shown to actually lower levels of pain in Fibromyalgia patients!
Q: What if someone suffers from a Vitamin D deficiency?
A: Great question! Because the opposite is also true. Not getting enough Vitamin D can cause bone pain, muscle weakness, hypertension and depression.
Q: I’ll be sure to check my Vitamin D count next time a go to the doctor for a checkup! Thanks for the tips, Dr. Liz!
About Dr. Liz Perry
Dr. Liz is a primary care provider with a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and a Master’s degree in Business Management from Harvard University. For over 22 years, Dr. Liz has worked as an international healthcare consultant, has traveled the world, and has written hundreds of published articles as a health journalist.