November 22, 2018 at 9:06 pm
There has always been confusion about vitamin D.
There is no consensus about what constitutes normal blood levels and the information about the need for supplements varies.
Despite this, large sums of money are spent carrying out blood tests for vitamin D levels, and buying vitamin D supplements.
Recent studies have shown that Vitamin D supplements do not prevent bone fractures and do not reduce the likelihood of cancer or heart disease. High vitamin D levels, however, have been associated with some forms of cancer (skin prostate and blood).
Vitamin D levels can be boosted sufficiently by exposing a few inches of skin for several minutes three times per week during the summer. In winter, 1000IU Vitamin D per day is sufficient.
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