Vitamin D may be one of the most important vitamins, but can you get enough from food alone?
0:05 Vitamin D—one of the most important vitamins
0:12 Vitamin D benefits
0:24 Vitamin D deficiency causes
1:50 The RDAs for vitamin D
2:23 Vitamin D in foods
3:50 How to get more vitamin D
4:15 Vitamin D supplements
In this video, we’re going to talk about how much food you would have to eat to get your vitamin D requirements.
In my opinion, vitamin D is one of the most important fat-soluble vitamins out there. Vitamin D is beneficial for bone health, calcium absorption, the immune system, and to help lower inflammation.
But, there are many things that can deplete your vitamin D that go beyond not getting enough vitamin D from your food or from the sun.
A few causes of a vitamin D deficiency:
• Microbes that block the vitamin D receptor
• Lowered sun exposure
• Darker skin has less conversion on the skin of vitamin D from the sun
• Poor health
• Insulin resistance
The RDAs for vitamin D are 400-800 IUs, which is 10-20 micrograms. I believe those numbers are way too low. I think, at a minimum, you need 5,000 IUs per day. But, if you have health issues, you may need a lot more.
Vitamin D in different foods:
Salmon — 4oz. — 511 IUs
Sardines — 3 oz. — 175 IUs
Egg — 1 — 43 IUs
Tuna — 4oz. — 93 IUs
Milk — 4oz. — 62 IUs
Mushrooms — 1/2 cup — 20 IUs
Cod liver oil — 1 TBSP — 1,360 IUs
As you can see, it’s very difficult to get even the minimum amount of vitamin D you need through food alone. The best way to get vitamin D is from the sun. You need to get a moderate amount of sun. You do not want to burn your skin. In the winter months, you may need a vitamin D supplement. But, if you take a vitamin D supplement, you need vitamin K2 as well. For every 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D3, consider taking 100 micrograms of vitamin K2.
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It’s difficult to get enough vitamin D through food alone. Getting a moderate amount of sun or taking a supplement may be the best way to go when it comes to vitamin D.