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Importance of Vitamin D3, Especially During Winter Months

Posted by Vince Arnone on 07/15/2010 in Nutrients for Health | No Comments »

Based on an ever-growing body of research, an increase in vitamin D has been shown to be beneficial for a tremendous variety of health issues, far too many to list here. One recent study (of many) shows that the dose required to achieve a healthy blood level of vitamin D is 1,000 – 3,000 IU per day in the absence of sun exposure. [1]

Here are but a few of the health disorders that adequate amounts of vitamin D help protect against:

·    Various forms of cancer including breast, prostate, and colon cancer
·    Fractures
·    Hypertension
·    Heart Disease
·    Pain and Muscle Aches
·    Insulin Resistance
·    Osteoporosis
·    Decreased immunity and lowered resistance to influenza and viruses
·    Depression
·    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

While all are important, it’s the latter three that come into play the most during the winter months, a time when sun exposure for many of us is minimal. Vitamin D supplements are a very inexpensive way to ensure that you’re obtaining enough of this multi-beneficial vitamin. Therefore, we suggest 1000 – 3000 IU of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) daily, in divided doses. The cholecalciferol form of vitamin D is what the body manufactures via sunlight, and the form most efficient for the body’s needs.

NOTE: Premium Insurance Caps contains 500 IU of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) per 7-capsule dose.


[1] Vieth R, Chan PC, MacFarlane GD. Efficacy and safety of vitamin D3 intake exceeding the lowest observed adverse effect level. Am J Clin Nutr. 2001 Feb;73(2):288-94.

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