During these dark winter months, many Canadians increase their intake of vitamin D. While a new report by the renowned Institute of Medicine is warning against high levels of the “sunshine vitamin,” as urged by other health organizations, the IOM has increased its daily recommended intake of vitamin D to:
- -600 International Units a day (up from 200 IU)
- -800 IUs a day for those 71 and older (up from 600 IU)
The IOM focused on the vitamin’s role in maintaining strong bones, saying there’s not yet any strong evidence vitamin D plays a role in preventing chronic illnesses. The Canadian Cancer Society, however, has recommended since 2007 that all adults should take 1,000 extra IUs of vitamin D during winter, saying there is growing evidence about the links between vitamin D and cancer. It takes a minimum of 20 minutes of direct sunlight for your body to produce the required daily level of vitamin D, so unless you’re one for naked winter sunbathing … I would suggest you look into this sunshine supplement.
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