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The Powers of Vitamin D

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  • Written By: Felicia Messimer
The Powers of Vitamin D

If you could take a supplement that would likely guard you against some cancers and the common cold, would you? Many people are saying yes to vitamin D. It has gone through more rigorous studies than other vitamins and has been found to have several health benefits, including:

  • Keeping bones strong
  • Lowering risk of colorectal cancer, and possibly the risk of other cancers, including breast, prostate and pancreatic
  • Boosting the immune system and protecting against viruses
  • Lessening chance of MS and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Maintaining cognitive function as we age
  • Reducing heart disease risk and high blood pressure

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin, which simply means that our bodies need it to function. Our bodies can produce it with adequate sunlight but with increased use of sun protection and more time spent indoors, many people are deficient in vitamin D—up to 40% to 75% of us, according to a recent study.

The Institute of Medicine recommends adults take 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D3 a day. Ask your own doctor how much is best for you. During November and December, receive a discount on your Vitamin D lab test at CCH Wellness Services with the coupon below. For more, visit www.cchwyo.org/vitd.

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