So you’ve heard the news about the health benefits of Vitamin D and you’re taking it regularly. Now you’re wondering about the best way to take it.
With or without food? If you forget a day, is it safe to have several doses at once? And how do you make sense of the different dosage recommendations?
Nutrition experts it doesn’t matter if you take it with food or not, and you won’t be hurting yourself if you take a lot at once, even several days’ worth. The reason is that any excess vitamin D is stored in fat and released into the body when needed.
There is currently no consensus on how much to take. The Canadian Cancer Society recommends 1000 IU daily, research shows anti-cancer properties click in at around that level. But Health Canada only recommends 200 to 600 IU, depending on your age. That recommendation is based on the amount needed for bone health.
Health Canada also says you shouldn’t take more than 2,000 IU a day, although experts who are advocating for the nutrient believe higher amounts may be needed for optimum health.
Some people worry about getting too much by taking a 1,000- unit pill daily and then getting more from foods like milk and oily fish.
Nutritionists say you can still take a multivitamin, drink milk, eat salmon, and you’re likely not going to get over 2,000 IU limit.