A Pharmacist's Take On Vitamin D
By: Jay Plavnick
Vitamin D has many positive uses like helping in Osteoporosis, hypertension, decreasing cardiovascular diseases and decreasing depression.
There are two types of Vitamin D, Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3.
Vitamin D2 is synthetically produced, therefore it does not absorb into the body very well. On the other hand, Vitamin D3 is produced naturally by your body and is absorbed much better.
The sun provides a natural source of Vitamin D3, so, in the summer, if you are outside a lot, it is not as important to take Vitamin D3. However, in the winter it is a good idea to consider taking a Vitamin D3 supplement, which can help decrease depression symptoms. I recommend taking between 1000-2000 I.U.’s in the winter. Vitamin D is a fat- soluble vitamin, meaning if you take too much, it will get stored in your body’s fat and can cause toxicity. Therefore, it is important that you don’t take too high a dose.