Vitamin D deficiency? Not a problem…

“Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, because it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Traditionally, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities.” Web MD

A sure fire way to determine if you have a vitamin D deficiency is by getting a blood test.

Dutch athletes (who happen to be epidemically deficient in vitamin D) were given 400, 1100 or 2200 IU  of vitamin D3 over the course of one year.

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It only took three months for the athletes who took 2200 IU of vitamin D3 daily to reach a healthy amount. When vitamin D levels raised too high, researchers backed the dose back to 400 IU and this was sufficient to maintain a healthy level.

Editor’s Note: We recommend getting your blood tested to determine if you need to supplement with vitamin D3, especially if you spend a lot of time out of the sun.