Vitamin D helps fight depression yet most Americans don’t get enough Vitamin D. Just how much is enough? Certain experts make a strong case that the US government’s recommended daily allowance (200 to 400 IUs depending on age) is way too low.
Vitamin D from Mr. Sun
The most beneficial way to get your Vitamin D is from sunlight, which is trickier than it sounds.
- Only exposed skin minus sunblock can absorb Vitamin D
- The darker your skin and the more clothes you’re wearing, the longer it takes to absorb Vitamin D
- During winter, it is impossible for Northerners to get enough Vitamin D from the sun
Vitamin D’s Other Health Benefits
According to research cited in Deborah Kotz’s article for USNews.com,Time in the Sun: How Much Is Needed for Vitamin D? adequate Vitamin D prevents:
- Heart disease
- Overactive immune system
- Various cancers (including skin cancer)
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