There is no doubt that Vitamin D helps you feel better about life but some of us live under cloudy skies so getting adequate sunshine that provides this vitamin is unlikely. So, should you take supplements of Vitamin D?
The jury is undecided as to how much Vitamin D menopausal women require but I’ve come across some information to help you make up your mind. Three experts on www.sharecare.com offer their opinions in answer to the question: How much Vitamin D is recommended daily for menopausal women?
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered Vitamin D3 or the sunshine vitamin is one of those multitasking vitamins that are thought to protect you from osteoporosis, cancer, and possibly diabetes. It is also essential for calcium absorption, another super nutrient. Your skin makes vitamin D when it is exposed to sunlight. Spending at least 15 minutes outdoors every day is usually enough. Just make sure you’re not outside for too long between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., April through October. However, if you’re like me, young Dr. Mike and live in a cloudy place like Cleveland, the sun solution won’t cut it. While vitamin D3 is found in fish like salmon and is added to everyday foods like cereal and dairy, taking a supplement isn’t a bad idea. Take 1000 IU of vitamin D3 with your DHA or some other healthy fat. It’s fat soluble, so it’s probably absorbed better by the body when taken with fat. Vitamin D is a sex (steroid) hormone and primarily regulates calcium absorption in the gut.
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Website Menopause Health Matters discusses health facts about Vitamin D and how to get an adequate amount of this “sunshine vitamin”:
Vitamin D Facts: Health Benefits
Prevention of chronic diseases such as many forms of cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension
Protection and lubrication of your bones, teeth and hair
Regulation of cellular growth and healthy cell activity
Overall reduction of the inflammatory response – the cause of many chronic diseases
Reduction in the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women
Vitamin D Facts: Deficiency Symptoms
Low energy and fatigue
Symptoms of depression and mood swings
Women with renal problems or intestinal problems may be vitamin d deficient because they can neither absorb nor adequately convert the nutrient.
And last, but no means least, Alison Brown from Menopause Magazine FB Group kindly offered this:
Vitamin D is a sex (steroid) hormone and primarily regulates calcium absorption in the gut.
Below is an excellent short (6 mins) explanation of what Vitamin D is and how vitally important it is, not only for the absorption and regulation of calcium, but to every cell in our body.
By contrast, The Daily Mail and webmd took the view that Vitamin D offered little benefit to menopausal women with regards to hot flushes, sleepless nights and other symptoms usually associated with menopause.
Whatever you decide, gen up on the facts and if you think you are definitely lacking in Vitamin D then look at your options.
As for me, I think I’ll book a holiday to the Canary Islands that lasts all Winter. That should top up my levels of vitamin D nicely.