Sunshine Vitamin

There is this unsubstantiated, but widely believed, notion that vitamins and supplements are a panacea. In fact, a multi-billion dollar industry serves to support and perpetuate this often faulty, overly auspicious claim.

Here, I will tackle the true level of importance of the “sunshine” Vitamin D in staving off disease, preserving healthy bones and the actual hazards of deficiency and toxicity.

Why? Because, according to Britain’s leading testing laboratory, excessive exogenous ingestion to overdose levels of Vitamin D supplements purchased online reveal some people are taking 2,250 times the recommended dosages. Such endeavors...

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Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is like every other vitamin in that it is essential for life. Among other functions, it allows the absorption of calcium from the gastrointestinal tract. Lack of vitamin D in babies and children leads to rickets, and in adults a deficiency causes osteomalacia a softening of the bones. It's been...