If recent headlines about getting “too much” vitamin D have left you feeling confused, you’re in good company.
They’ve knocked a bunch of folks for a loop. In fact, I’ve even heard some people say they’re swearing off D for good.
But the truth is that could be a big mistake. Or in some cases even a deadly one. ESPECIALLY if you’re a senior.
You see, the mainstream media can’t resist a “gotcha!” headline. Which means you often have to dig a little deeper to get the REAL story.
And when you do on this one, trust me the last thing you’re going to want to do is toss your D supplements.
Over HALF of seniors deficient in vitamin D
It’s true, there IS such a thing as too much vitamin D. In fact, there’s a potential to overdo any fat-soluble vitamin.
You see, unlike water-soluble nutrients which you literally pee out if you get too much of them, fat-soluble vitamins get stored in the fat deposits in your body.
And that means if you take mega doses of them they could reach toxic levels.
But it’s also true that those headlines about too much D are dangerously misleading. And they could end up putting you in harm’s way.
Because having vitamin D levels that are too low is a growing problem in folks of all ages. And vitamin D deficiency has become increasingly common in seniors in particular.
In fact, some experts estimate that well over half of seniors have D levels which are far too low.
Which means unless you’re downing mega doses of D it’s unlikely your levels would be too HIGH.
Vitamin D supplements improved memory
So what IS all the buzz about then?
Well, the new study actually proves, once again, that getting enough D is good for your brain.
In fact, when you hit the D “sweet spot” it could help boost your memory and send your learning ability soaring.
Rutgers University researchers recruited a group of female volunteers between the ages of 50 and 70 years old.
The women were divided into three groups.
And for two months they took one of three different dosages of vitamin D daily…
- 600 IUs
- 2,000 IUs
- 4,000 IUs
The folks taking the lowest amount of D didn’t see any measurable benefits.
But the lucky ladies in the 2,000 IUs group sure did. They saw significant improvements in their memory and learning abilities. Which won’t come as too much of a surprise for regular Healthier Talk readers.
But it’s the third group which triggered those confusing headlines. The women who swallowed the mega doses of D had an unusual reaction.
According to the Rutgers researchers, it slowed down their reaction times slightly. And for obvious reasons that could become a problem for folks as they age and become a bit less steady on their feet.
So while the study didn’t prove that that massive doses of D will cause falls in seniors, there certainly may be a risk.
Boost your D levels naturally
In other words, overdoing vitamin D is a bad idea.
But that DOESN’T mean you should skimp on this vital vitamin either. In fact, you should be on the lookout for opportunities to increase your levels naturally.
Low D levels can mess with your immune system. And D deficiency is linked to a higher risk for dementia, high blood pressure, cancer, and death.
As the weather gets warmer aim to spend 15 to 20 minutes a day outside in the sun with your face and arms exposed. Your body uses UV rays to produce D.
And you can increase the vitamin in your diet too. Wild-caught fatty fish such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon are good sources of D, as is beef liver. And you can eat more vitamin-D-enriched dairy foods, as well.
Supplements are often a good idea for seniors and other folks who don’t get a lot of sun exposure too. But be sure to ask your doctor about testing your D levels first. He can then help you decide on how many IUs are best for you.
And be sure to choose a D3 form of the vitamin and consider taking magnesium at the same time to increase absorption.
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