Vitamin D is considered a helper in many diseases, but is it really that useful? Here are some myths and facts about this vitamin that you need to know.
Myths and Truths About Vitamin D.
Myth: Clinical trials have proven to reduce the risk of cancer
Recent research has shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and some diseases, including obesity, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, certain cancers, and depression. However, there is no clinical trial directly linking vitamin D and any disease other than osteoporosis. The evidence we have so far is based solely on epidemiological evidence.
Myth: The body itself produces enough vitamin D.
The truth is that exposure to the sun creates a significant portion of the vitamin D we need. The skin produces vitamin D when exposed to UVB rays. But people living in places where there is not enough sun have lower levels of vitamin D in the blood.
Myth: You don’t need supplements if you spend more time in the sun
If you are constantly exposed to the sun, you may not need to consume vitamin D through the diet. However, this is not the case for most of us, so consuming vitamin-containing products is necessary.
Myth: You may not know how much vitamin D you are missing
The level of vitamin D in your blood tells you if you need to take more of it, and your doctor can help with that.
Myth: You should not take over 200 ME of vitamin D daily as a dietary supplement
In fact, a daily intake of 600 ME (International Units) of Vitamin D is recommended for people up to age 70 and up to 800 ME for people older than 71. Some health facilities recommend a daily intake of up to 1,000 ME for adults up to 50 years.