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Why do I need Vitamin D?

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Published on Dec 17, 2009

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus from foods and keep your skeleton strong

What you should know:
•Helps to keep your skeleton strong
•Try getting 10 to 15 minutes of direct sunshine three times a week
•You can get your daily dose through diet and supplements

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Transcript
Hi, I'm Kenisha Carr and I'm a CVS pharmacist. Taking Vitamin D has many benefits for your body. It helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus from foods, so that they can be used by your bones to keep your skeleton strong. A shortage of Vitamin D can lead to rickets, osteoporosis, and pain in the bones and joints. Studies also show that Vitamin D seems to protect the body from certain types of cancers, such as colon, breast, and ovarian.
You should make sure you're always getting enough Vitamin D. The general recommendation is to get 200 IUs, or international units, of Vitamin D daily if you're under 50 years old; 400 IUs if you're between ages 51 and 70; and 600 IU if you're over age 70. However, you should talk to your doctor or a CVS pharmacist about whether you may need more.
The easiest way to get Vitamin D is by getting 10 to 15 minutes of direct sunshine on your hands and face three times a week. However, because sunlight can be dangerous and varies depending on the time of year and location, you can get your daily dose of Vitamin D through diet and, if necessary, supplements. The government mandates that milk, some breads, and cereals be fortified with Vitamin D, so be sure to read the labels. Supplements are also a good option. You should talk to your doctor or pharmacist about choosing which Vitamin D supplement you need.
So make sure you're getting the proper amount of Vitamin D. If you have any questions, talk to your CVS pharmacist. We're here to help.

Source: CVS Caremark Health Resources

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