I have a habit of researching all of the advice given by my doctor.  Recently my wife was advised that she may have a vitamin D deficiency and of course that prompted me to take another look at vitamins in general. I discovered some interesting information that you may want to consider. First I will share with you that I learned that our primary source of vitamin D is from sunlight. I was aware of that but I did not know that sunlight is supplies 80% to 90% of our Vitamin D needs. Other sources are fatty fish (Salmon), whole fat milk and egg yolks. Without Vitamin your body can’t process calcium. Most of us can get enough of this vitamin by exposure to sunlight and eating healthy. Many of the food products we eat are fortified with vitamin D. The only recommendations I found for Vitamin D taking supplements would be if you are over 65 or if you are pregnant.  

Multi Vitamins - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force neither recommends nor advises against multivitamins (or other supplements) for preventing cancer or cardiovascular disease. Yet many researchers say a multivitamin has a role as "a very inexpensive insurance policy," says David Schardt, senior nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nutrition advocacy group in Washington, D.C. There's no need for anything fancy that claims "heart health" or "prostate health" benefits, he says; an inexpensive, basic brand is fine. (Vitamins and Supplements: Do They Work? The picture is mixed, but thumbs up for vitamin D and calcium - By U.S. News Staff).

Vitamin C - Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin, which is needed by the body to form collagen in bones, cartilage, muscle, and blood vessels, and which aids in the absorption of iron. Dietary sources of vitamin C include fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruits such as oranges. Severe deficiency of vitamin C causes scurvy. Although rare, scurvy includes potentially severe consequences and can cause sudden death. Patients with scurvy are treated with vitamin C and should be under medical supervision.

Vitamin C Supplements - Vitamin C is generally regarded as safe in amounts normally obtained from foods. Vitamin C supplements are also generally regarded as safe in most individuals in recommended amounts, although side effects are rarely reported, including nausea, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal cramps, and headache. Dental erosion may occur from chronically chewing vitamin C tablets. (more)

 


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