Published On: Mon, Apr 4th, 2016

Why you should take vitamin D

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Lack of the sunshine vitamin not only leads to brittle bones but a host of other diseases also

DID YOU KNOW?

 

Why you should take vitamin D 

1 bn people worldwide are vitamin D deficient

In India, 80-90% population is under its grip

NECESSARY FOR BONE HEALTH

 

Why you should take vitamin D 

Vitamin D helps in depositing calcium in the bones; a low intake means weak & brittle bones despite good intake of calcium

OTHER FUNCTIONS OF VIT D

 

Why you should take vitamin D 

Apart from making bones strong, it is also helpful in ­­­­­reducing the risk of

> Type 1 diabetes

> Heart disease

> Cancer of breast, colon, prostate, ovaries, oesophagus & lymphatic system

RIGHT DOSE

 

Why you should take vitamin D 

How much vitamin D is required per day?

400 IU for Infants

600 IU for children

600 IU for adults

800 IU for adults>70 yrs

Source: Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), per day

Food and nutrition board, the US institute of medicine

GET SOME SUN

 

Why you should take vitamin D 

75-80% of vitamin D is sourced from the sun

It is produced in the skin upon exposure to ultraviolet B radiation

INDIA REMAINS DEFICIENT

 

Why you should take vitamin D 

Despite having access to abundant sunlight most of India is deficient in vitamin D

Reasons:

> Keeping body covered

> Staying indoors during the day

> Lack of open spaces and direct access to sunlight

> Excessive use of sunscreen

OUT IN THE OPEN

 

Why you should take vitamin D 

How much sun exposure is required to meet your vitamin D needs?

15 min If you have a fair skin

Up to 2 hr If you have a dark skin

NOT JUST THE SUN

 

Why you should take vitamin D 

You can also get your vitamin D from food, albeit in lesser quantity; some foods rich in vitamin D are:

> Cheese

> Fish

> Mushrooms

> Soya milk

> Egg yolk

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About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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