Posts tagged ‘vitamin D’
There are so many myths and misleading facts floating around (especially lately), but this article says it all. Dr. Frank Lipman is the authoritative source on all things vitamin D.
You might be surprised by what he suggests: don’t be afraid of the sun! (But of course be responsible with it)
Do yourself, and you health, a solid and read this article on Vitamin D!
The recommendation that the government has set for adults is around 400 Iu for men and women up to age 50, and increasing to 400 Iu after 50. However, many experts, like Dr. Weil, have been vocal in their disagreement of these low numbers, suggesting (and even imploring us!) that we take more.
You may know that vitamin D has been our “darling” for the past year or so. Google vitamin D and you’ll find a plethora (God, I love that word) of information on this vitamin. The basics: It’s a fat-soluble vitamin, and should be taken with foods containing fat to be best absorbed. Besides taking in D through foods such as fish, eggs, and fortified milk (which isn’t enough), we have the amazing ability to produce D via sunlight. Pretty cool, eh? Yes, only 10-15 minutes per day will do, but that only does the trick if you’re outside around noon, naked, with no sunscreen. AND if you live in warm climates. I live in NYC, stuck inside behind a desk, and as much as I’d love to prance around nekkid (and hey, this IS New York after all) I just don’t see that happening.
So, I take vitamin D supplements, just like Dr. Weil suggests. And yes, I do take 2000 Iu. Especially since it’s winter, and because women tend to be more deficient in vitamin D than men. Actually, I take more than that, since I take a 2000 Iu vitamin D3 supplement AND a multivitamin, which has some D in it.
And why do our bodies need vitamin D? Why all the hype? The major function of D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. It aids in the absorption of calcium, helping us to build strong bones. More recent research suggests that D does SO much more by providing protection against hypertension (high blood pressure), osteoperosis, cancer, and several autoimmune diseases.
According to Dr. Weil:
We have known for many years that we need vitamin D to facilitate calcium absorption and promote bone mineralization. But newer research has shown that we also need it for protection against a number of serious diseases. In recent years, scientists have discovered that it may help to prevent several cancers, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, psoriasis, diabetes, psychosis, and respiratory infections including colds and flu.
So, there you have it folks. The lowdown on Sweet D (anyone catch the reference?). Make sure when you are at the Dr you check your D levels…my physician does this automatically now. But please make sure you’re supplementing yourself with vitamin D!
This is a completely random post but a coworker just asked me about the nutritional value of mushrooms. Told you it was random! My answer to her was that ANY fruit or vegetable packs a nutritional punch and to eat, eat, eat them! However, I did some further investigation on mushrooms and they’re extremely interesting. Perhaps this will convince Matt to start eating mushrooms…or maybe it’s better that he doesn’t, ‘cause we’ve got a good gig worked out where I get to eat them off his plate!
*Mushrooms are the only fresh vegetable with vitamin D. You’ve heard a lot about this “sunshine” vitamin which you get from the sun, as well as certain foods. And many of us, especially women, are deficient in this very important vitamin. A serving of 4-5 white mushrooms provide 15 IU. Studies have shown that the ultraviolet light of the sun can boost the vitamin D levels in mushrooms. Cool, right? (On a side note, the Daily Value of Vitamin D is 400 IU, but experts are saying we need upwards of 1000 IU. I’m taking about 2000 IU/day)
*Mushrooms are fat-free, cholesterol-free (as are all plants!), low in calories (8.7 calories for a ½ cup serving) and sodium
*They are full of nutrients such as riboflavin (helps maintain healthy blood cells), niacin (promotes healthy skin and digestive and nervous system functioning) and selenium (an antioxidant that is important for the immune system and fertility in men). These are typically found in animal products and grains
*Eastern cultures and medicine have been using mushrooms for centuries (mostly shitake and maitaki varieties). They are used to balance the nervous system
*When buying white mushrooms, select ones that are in-tact and firm. They can be found year-round in the grocery store. To clean them, dampen a paper towel and gently wipe them to get rid of the dirt. They will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Next time you’re at the supermarket, pick up some shrooms and experiment. There are so many varieties available, you’re sure to find one you like. Here’s a recipe I found for stuffed mushrooms. Yumm!