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By: Logan O’Boyle

While consuming an excessive amount of Vitamin D does not prevent cancer or heart disease, it is still important to intake the recommended amount of Vitamin D on a daily basis. Photo courtesy of Google images

The sunshine vitamin, more commonly known as Vitamin D, is one of the many vitamins necessary for building strong bones. In order to maintain strong bones, a larger dosage of Vitamin D than what food labels suggest may be necessary.

Many people seem to believe that overdoses of Vitamin D can prevent cancer and heart disease. This myth, however, was proved untrue by new dietary guidelines. In fact, high levels of Vitamin D proved to be dangerous and actually harmful to the body. Vitamins C and E also had the misconception that they too could cure or prevent cancer. This was another hazards myth because, like Vitman D, if too much is consumed, these vitamins have the potential to be very harmful to the human body.

Reports show that people between the ages of one and 70 should not take in more than 600 international units, IUs, of vitamin D per day. People older the age of 70 need up to 800 IUs a day.

When people intake high levels of vitamin D, 10,000 or more IUs a day, they put their kidneys and body tissue at a risk of becoming damaged. A National Cancer Institute study reported that no protection against cancer comes from Vitamin D. In fact, too much Vitamin D increases the risk of pancreatic cancer.

U.S. government-mandated food labels recommend 400 IUs of Vitamin D per day, which is 200 IUs less than what the Institute of Medicine suggests as the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin D. Due to this, recent studies prove that people with low levels at Vitamin D put themselves at risk of cancers and heart disease.

 Since vitamin D also comes from sun exposure and multivitamins, the average person already has enough Vitamin D circulating in his or her bloodstream too keep him or herself healthy. On the other hand, some people truly lack Vitamin D. Consuming the recommended amount of Vitamin D, 600 IUs per day, is difficult to do using food alone. Salmon and other fish provide about one day’s supply of Vitamin D. Another good source of Vitamin D comes from D-fortified milk and orange juice. In just about one cup, each serving contains 100 IUs. D-fortified cereal is also a good source for the recommended daily amount. There are also very many D-containing dietary supplements that are helpful in making sure you are consuming the correct amount.

While consuming an excessive amount of Vitamin D does not prevent cancer or heart disease, it is still important to intake the recommended amount of Vitamin D on a daily basis.

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