How Can I Benefit from Vitamin D Supplements?

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Vitamin D, is such a critical vitamin. It does so many different things yet 40% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. Some studies have actually shown the vitamin doesn't do much but only when the people have already had enough Vitamin D in them. When you look at a deficient population, Vitamin D does amazing things in the cold and flu area.

It actually reduces the risk of respiratory infections, flu, even pneumonia. The people who are typically deficient in Vitamin D are people who are not getting out in the sun or they're all bundled up, or covered with sunscreen in the sun, or they're not getting enough Vitamin D from Vitamin D-fortified milk or other dairy products.

People who are dark-skinned don't make as enough Vitamin D as well as people who are obese they need actually extra Vitamin D because Vitamin D is fat soluble. When you take Vitamin D, if you're not terribly deficient, you might want to just take it in the Winter time, just to kind of keep your levels up because they do fall in the Winter.

You might want to take 400 IU per day, may be 800 at the most. But if you're really deficient, you'll need a bit more a 1000 IU, 2000 and you might want to be taking that for quite a while. You don't want to get too much Vitamin D because that can actually negate the benefits of Vitamin D.

So it's very important to make sure you have enough but don't take too much.