Vitamin D and Your Health

by Jason Boehm, MS, CNS, MMC

A Vitamin D Test Is One Of The Most Important Tests You Can Get

Since vitamin D plays such a crucial role in our health, and since it is so easy to obtain sufficient levels of vitamin D through supplementation, this test may be the most important test your doctor can give you. While blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglyceride levels are all important in forming an overall picture of health, none of these factors alone have so broad or clear an effect on your health as vitamin D does!

Vitamin D is still relatively unstudied, but from what we have discovered, we know that it is extremely important to our body. Since vitamin D does affect so many of our genes (3% of the total!), you can expect that as more research is done, the importance of vitamin D will only grow clearer.

There are many things you should do to be healthy. Eating lots of plant-based foods, exercising, and getting enough sleep are all very important, but none are as easy to do as vitamin D supplementation is. There are no convenient foods which are high in vitamin D, and sunshine is not a guarantee of obtaining adequate levels. For these reasons, supplements are truly the way to go to be certain you get the most benefit out of vitamin D. 2000 IU a day is simple, inexpensive, and it can have dramatic effects on your health and mood!

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