It is important for helping to absorb calcium, which helps keep our teeth and bones strong and helps to prevent osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones brittle and easy to break.
It also helps improve muscle function to improve balance and help prevent falls.
It is available in a few food sources that include cod liver oil, salmon, tuna fish, and some foods that are fortified with Vitamin D like orange juice, milk and yogurt but it is very difficult to get enough Vitamin D from diet alone.
Experts recommend that everybody over the age of 50 eat a diet that is rich in calcium, exercise daily and take a Vitamin D supplement (800 IU to 2000 IU) every day to help prevent falls and fractures.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D, also known as the Sunshine Vitamin, is produced by our skin when it is exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. As we age, our skin doesn’t make Vitamin D very well and, in Canada, we often don’t get much sun exposure, especially in the winter. Also, sunscreen with an SPF of 8 or more blocks Vitamin D producing UV rays.
Ask your Doctor or Pharmacist which supplement is right for you