There’s growing evidence of the health benefits of Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin. It reduces the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease and diabetes, and new data suggests it’s an important weapon in the fight against cancer. Now that the days of sunshine are diminishing fast, it’s time to figure out where to get our daily fix, and how much we need.
There are differing opinions: Health Canada says adults aged 19 to 50 need 200 international units a day, and people over 50 need 400 units. However, the Canadian cancer Society says 1000 units is the magic number. In the winter, you won’t get what need even if you stay outside all day and eat Vitamin D containing foods like fish and milk. So your best bet is probably a supplement.