(CARLSBAD, CA) – Vitamins. We all know that we need them. Most of us have tried Vitamin C to ward-off head colds and plenty of calcium to build strong bones. But one of the biggest superheroes in the vitamin world has been left out of the limelight, until now.
Vitamin D is coming to the forefront in medical research. And since Vitamin D hasn’t been prominent in the public eye until recently, there are a few frequently asked questions on this newest addition to the world of vitamin powerhouses.
Why is Vitamin D good for me?
Vitamin D is best known for building strong bones. In fact, 85 percent of women with osteoporotic hip fractures have Vitamin D deficiency, according to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Beyond strong bones, however, Vitamin D is quite potent in other areas. It has been shown to relieve backaches, ward off diabetes, strengthen your heart, even lessen depression. And the most recent research presented by the American Academy of Neurology shows that lack of Vitamin D was prominent in Parkinson’s disease patients. The same area of the brain most affected by Parkinson’s disease is the same area that has receptors for Vitamin D.
How much Vitamin D do I need?
The verdict is still out. Current guidelines from most leading health organizations call for 200 to 600 international units (IU) daily. However, recent research indicates that up to 1,000 IU daily may be needed to maximize health benefits.
Where can I get Vitamin D?
There are foods rich in the vitamin, such as fish and low-fat dairy. Supplements are available as well. But the most accessible source of Vitamin D actually comes from direct sunlight. About 10-15 minutes of direct sunlight on a daily basis is the number one method to bone-up on Vitamin D.
What can I do to maximize the benefits of Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a powerhouse vitamin, but it isn’t a miracle worker. In order to build strong bones, you’ll also need to limit soda intake and engage in weight-bearing exercise. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommend walking, stair climbing, and dancing as a means to building strong, healthy bones.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.