What else does Vitamin D do in the body? It . . .
- Maintains calcium balance
- Aids in cell differentiation
- Boosts immunity
- Plays a role in insulin secretion and weight loss
- Helps regulate blood pressure
- Helps build strong bones
- Helps prevent cancers
Most of us do NOT get adequate amounts of vitamin D from sunshine throughout the year. Although we only need fifteen minutes a day, most of us are deficient in Vitamin D as our temperatures do not reach high enough. We need temperatures above thirty-seven degrees to meet our requirements.
So the paradox exists, do we stay out of the sun and become Vitamin D deficient or go in sun and increase the cancer risk?
Recent studies show the benefits of taking Vitamin D supplements. 1,000 IU daily is now being recommended as a minimum and some authorities are now recommending 4,000 daily; meaning you would have to drink ten cups of milk (two quarts daily) just to get the minimum!
What about for baby?
For babies, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends “breast feeding, however human milk does not contain enough vitamin D to prevent rickets.” Even mothers who regularly eat D-rich foods such as liver, tuna, and salmon still need to provide their infants with over the counter D supplements.
So YES, most definitely moms and babies need Vitamin D supplementation.
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