Previously posted (mostly) October, 2008
I take a boat load of supplements. I started taking most of them because of my Meniere's Disease. I ran across this vitamin protocol a couple of years ago. It has really helped me control my vertigo. It's a lot of pills to take, but it beats vomiting on the floor of a grocery store trying to explain to people that it's my ear, not a head injury that is causing my bizarre behavior.
I take others either because my doctor recommended them or because I am old, had my kids late, and want to avoid falling apart before they graduate college. I thought I would spend a few Tuesday's telling you what I take and why. So without further ado....
Today's tip: Vitamin D3
My doctor is a big fan of D3. In fact, he said he personally takes 2000 IU of D3 a day. That's a little more than I do, but after his recommendation I may increase.
Vitamin D3 does all sorts of good for you. Technically, it's not even a vitamin because the body can produce it. It's what your body produces when it is exposed to sunlight. It's the Sunshine Vitamin! It is a hormone that helps your body metabolize calcium and phosphorus. It is also good for your immune system, your nervous system, your teeth and bones, your joints, and your heart. Some studies even conclude that it is a potent cancer fighter. Is there anything left?
Studies also show that most of us are deficient in vitamin D3. Regular exposure to sunlight will give us all we need, but most folks are scared to death of the sun. Fortunately, there are supplements available. Just make sure you get D3. Talk with your doctor about how much you should take.
You can read more about it here.