The Sunshine Vitamin – the Benefits of Vitamin DThe Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), recommends 2000-4000 IU of Vitamin D every day. Breast-fed infants need to be supplemented with 400-1000 IU of Vitamin D every day. Those with darker skin might need to supplement with more Vitamin D, since darker skin is less able to make Vitamin D from the sun.
There are many studies that document vitamin D’s benefits including:
- Reduction of risk of cancer, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and Type 2 diabetes
- Adequate levels of vitamin D increase survival rates of women with breast cancer
- Improves overall immune function - adequate levels of Vitamin D ensure that T cells (that develop in the thymus gland) properly recognize self antigens and react against non-self or dangerous antigens – Vitamin D boosts the immune system to fight infections