I found this interesting post on EatingWell.com:
By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.
I know I’m not getting enough vitamin D, which—as a dietitian and nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine—I hate to admit. Except for in my coffee, I don’t care much for milk (a food that’s fortified with D). I also spend most of my weekday hours indoors behind a computer, I slather any sun-exposed skin with sunscreen when I go outdoors and I live north of the midsection of the country—all of which means I’m not getting enough sunlight for my body to produce the quantity of D I need. (Ultraviolet, or UV, rays penetrate the skin’s uppermost layer, causing skin cells to produce a form of vitamin D, which is then processed—along with vitamin D from food—by the liver and kidneys and converted to the active form of the vitamin.)
I’m not alone: some studies suggest that as many as 7 out of 10 Americans don’t get enough of the “sunshine vitamin.” Interesting, considering the Institute of Medicine recently upped the daily recommended amount (for ages 1 to 70) to 600 International Units (IUs).
Having sufficient levels of D is important for everyone, me included. The vitamin practically deserves super-nutrient status:
Are you getting enough Vitamin D?? Click on the link below to take the quiz and find out!