As March break approaches, many people are getting ready to vacate this cold weather and head south to get some much-needed sunshine!! With this in mind, I felt inspired to take my blog down a path examining Vitamin D, the benefits it has to offer and the controversy that has been head-lining in the news.
As we know, sunshine is necessary to produce vitamin D within our bodies, labelling it the “sunshine” vitamin. More specifically, when we are exposed to the sun’s U.V. rays, Vitamin D is produced beneath the skin’s surface. During the long winter months, we feel more vulnerable to Vitamin D deficiency and so many of us choose to supplement. A review of the findings of 40 separate trials, of Vitamin D supplementation all lead to the notion that this supplementation offers no health benefits. This is contradictory to the observational studies that were done many years ago that linked Vitamin D to a lower incidence of Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes as well as breast and prostate Cancers. In addition to these new findings, a national survey of blood tests revealed that Canadians and Americans are not deficient in Vitamin D, despite the many dreary winter months we are subjected too. Vitamin D is not common in our diet but is found in some foods such as, oiler fish like Salmon, Herring and Mackerel to name just a few!
After doing some of my own research, the main message I received with regards to the supplementation controversy, is that long as you live an active and healthy lifestyle, your body will receive all the Vitamin D it requires.
For a closer look at the studies in the news, take a look at these links: