You've probably heard that your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium, a necessary mineral for maintaining bone density. But it now seems that the vitamin's benefits extend far beyond that. It performs multiple critical tasks, including boosting your immune system, which needs all the support it can get, especially during the winter months.
"Most people aren't getting enough," says Walter Willett, M.D., Ph.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Because the sun is our top vitamin D source, the many Americans who spend entire days office-bound often lack the nutrient (technically not a vitamin but a hormone, which our bodies produce in response to sun exposure). In fact, during the winter months, everyone who lives north of the Atlanta-Los Angeles latitude line risks deficiency.
But despite this widespread want for the sunshine vitamin, health experts have long shunned supplements for fear of overdose. During the past decade, however, researchers began looking into Read More »from D Yourself: 10 Ways to Get Your Sunshine Vitamins