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6 Powerful Health Benefits of Vitamin D

Muscle and Fitness Hers Logo By AMI of Muscle and Fitness Hers | Slide 2 of 2: While some experts are tentative, it’s difficult to deny the potential power of vitamin D. Taking in more than the recommended daily allowance—200 IU per day—is attractive considering that supplementation involves very little risk. Holick recommends consuming 1,000 IU daily as cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), the most beneficial form. Dark-skinned people in particular should consider taking vitamin D supplements, because melanin acts as a natural sunscreen, limiting their bodies’ ability to produce it.As with most supplements, you can get too much of a good thing, so limit your intake to 2,000 IU per day. And while research points to supplementation as one of the best ways to get enough D, don’t use that as an excuse not to eat a balanced diet.

How Much Is Enough?

While some experts are tentative, it’s difficult to deny the potential power of vitamin D. Taking in more than the recommended daily allowance—200 IU per day—is attractive considering that supplementation involves very little risk. Holick recommends consuming 1,000 IU daily as cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), the most beneficial form. Dark-skinned people in particular should consider taking vitamin D supplements, because melanin acts as a natural sunscreen, limiting their bodies’ ability to produce it.

As with most supplements, you can get too much of a good thing, so limit your intake to 2,000 IU per day. And while research points to supplementation as one of the best ways to get enough D, don’t use that as an excuse not to eat a balanced diet.

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