This article is about Vitamin D and its importance for our body. It also tells us some excellent foods with Vitamin D.
Pros and Cons of Vitamin D
We eat foods with vitamins to help our bodies to function properly. Taking vitamin and minerals has many benefits for our body, such as the positive effect they have on the body organs and functions. This is all true with that ever-popular well-known Vitamin D. Vitamin D has long been important for the many excellent things it does for our bodies. As important as Vitamin D is for our body and overall health, there are some concerns taking Vitamin D, as well as other vitamins, in excess or not in accordance with the recommended guidelines.
More is not always Better
We’ve all heard the saying, ‘there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing’. Although we don’t always think in terms of vitamins when we hear that phrase, it can certainly apply to vitamins and Vitamin D. Because vitamin D is necessary and good for us, we find it hard to imagine that taking too much of this vitamin can be harmful. However, taking too much of this vitamin can cause serious side effects. Some symptoms of too much Vitamin D, or possible Vitamin D overdose, are loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, constipation and abdominal pain. Vitamin D overdose can also lead to hypercalcemia, a medical condition where there are abnormally high levels of calcium compounds in our bloodstream. Liver damage is another possibility that could occur from too much Vitamin D. Some people mistakenly believe if they take twice the recommended amount of Vitamin D, that they will get twice the benefits of what they’d get with the normal dosage. This idea is not only incorrect but can be dangerous to your health.
Eat High Quality Vitamin D rich foods
Many foods are rich in Vitamin D, allowing us not to have to take Vitamin D supplements. However, the quality of the Vitamin D foods has a bearing on the benefits we’ll get from them. In many cases, generic foods are as good as name brand foods. It is important to read the labels on the back of the food items to educate yourself on what you’re eating. In the case of fresh fruit and vegetables, it’s important to eat high quality food. Food that is in the “bargain bin” because it’s old may still be edible, but a lot of the vitamins and minerals have been lost. The same is true with the expiration dates on products such as milk. The foods that will last the longest generally are the ones with the highest Vitamin D levels.
Research What Your Needs Are
If you’re uncertain as to what kind of Vitamin D foods you should eat or brands of supplements you should take, do some research. A intuitionist will be able to assist you on this. There are also many informative pages on the web regarding Vitamins and Vitamin D.
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November 14 2008 07:48 am | Nutrition