Archive for October 2008

New Reports from Doctors Show Vitamin D Could Prevent Cancer, Heart Disease

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a new report that suggests new recommendations for one’s daily intake of the all-important, disease fighting Vitamin D. While many people know that Vitamin D helps to build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis, new studies show it may also play a large role in reducing risks for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

While current guidelines set by the Institute of Medicine call for 200 units of Vitamin D daily, the new report suggests 400 units daily, and researcher Adrian Gombart of Oregon State University claims that no less than 800 units of Vitamin D daily is necessary for adults under 50 to remain healthy.

Most of the time people will think of substances such as milk or fish as natural providers of Vitamin D, but adults would have to drink more than 8 glasses of milk a day to get the recommended amount! So how does one get the Vitamin D needed to prevent serious diseases?

Light given off by the sun and tanning beds is the most efficient way to get the suggested daily dose of Vitamin D. The body can synthesize Vitamin D from light in order to keep your body’s vitamin levels at an adequate level. Think about how plants create food through photosynthesis.

10 to 15 minutes per day in a tanning bed, such as those at Sunday’s Blue Box Tanning Resorts, could be the answer to increasing your daily intake of Vitamin D, and defending against potentially life-threatening disease.

Read more about this news story here and find out information straight from the professionals at the American Academy of Pediatrics.