Vitamin D (Sun Vitamin)

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What is it?

Vitamin D is a very important for bone health. It helps build stronger bones by increasing the absorption of calcium. Vitamin D also improves the function of muscles. Vitamin D comes from the sun. The sun’s rays interact with our skin to produce vitamin D that can be used for bone and muscle health. In a northern climate, people don’t get as much sun as needed. Applying sunscreen in the summer disables the skin’s ability to produce vitamin D from sun exposure. Additionally, as we age, the skin’s ability to make vitamin D decreases. There are very few food sources of vitamin D. In fact, it is impossible for adults to get sufficient vitamin D from diet alone, no matter how good their nutrition is. Therefore taking a vitamin D supplement is a good idea.

How to take?

The recommended dose is 1,000 -2,000 IU daily. These amounts are safe. Taking more than 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily should be done only under medical supervision.

What and where to buy?

There is a wide choice of vitamin D in the market. My favorite is D-Mulsion 1000 (Spearmint) by Genestra. http://www.seroyal.com/ca/brands/genestrabrands/products/2012/8/d/d-mulsion-1000-spearmint.html  

Greens

What is it?

chard-5370_1280 “Greens” is generic name for either green leafy vegetables or supplements made from the green vegetables. These supplements are sold in the Health Food Stores in a form of veggie capsules, tablet, powder or liquid. Greens are recommended when your diet does not include enough vegetables or during winter and spring when not much of the local greens are available. Greens are very good antioxidant and provide you with extra energy.  

How to take?

There are different ways to take your greens. You can add them to water or juice. They can be part of your smoothie.

What and where to buy?

When selecting greens make sure there are no artificial flavorings and sweeteners. There are a lot of greens around; the one that I really like is Organic Greens & Reds by Douglas Lab. http://www.douglaslabs.ca/pdf/pds/57402.PDF